Advancements in technology has certainly been a positive to the cosmetic surgery industry and provided more options for recipients looking to enhance their physical appearance. The latest instruments and surgical techniques have no doubt improved the way we as cosmetic surgeons operate, and has enabled us to expand our product offering as well as reducing the patient’s recovery time from some procedures. To achieve great results however, it is not all about the surgical equipment. The hands and eyes of your surgeon is what can make a good job turn into a great outcome.
Surgeons require artistic skill
There are some routine procedures that can be performed as taught and generally with experience the results will be similar from patient to patient. Those same routine surgeries though, may not be as text book in certain cases and do require a surgeon to be creative to ensure we meet the needs of our clients. Performing a face lift for example, is a routine procedure which many surgeons perform regularly, and while the techniques have changed over time, the outcome desired is generally the same. Reverse the aging and make the result as natural as possible. Surgeons do need a level creativity to ensure they find the proper vectors of pull and are able to re-establish the lost volume in the face. In some cases there may be an additional need to smooth our natural aging lines or hide scars through borrowing tissue from other areas.
A rhinoplasty surgery (a nose job) is another example of where basic training in cosmetic surgery and top end equipment may not be enough to produce the desired outcome. Each nose is unique and to recreate and reshape a nose, whether it is changing a bulbous tip or a wide bridge, requires an artistic approach and is often technically challenging. In order to sculpt, shorten and shape the nose it is imperative a surgeon has an innate three-dimensional vision to recreate that is in proportion and fits the rest of the face.
Even the non-surgical nose reshaping procedure requires precision and restraint as dermal fillers are injected into the nose to remove small bumps or add volume. The surgeon needs to be able to refine the nose shape and size of the nose enhancing the overall appearance. This process involves the surgeon being able to visualise how the reshaped nose can balance out the patient’s face by creating a more symmetrical appearance and focus on the aesthetic benefits.
Liposuction is yet another procedure where removing unwanted fat through the use of modern instruments from the target areas is a reasonably uncomplicated process. It is the act of sculpting and contouring the body to create a more aesthetically pleasing shape that requires experience and an artistic hand. Fine-tuning and being able to visualise the end result while performing the procedure makes the difference between a good result and a great one.
Vaser Hi Definition Liposculpture is a perfect example of a cosmetic liposuction procedure which combines the latest technology with technique. An experienced and highly skilled surgeon can accurately sculpt the patient’s body by the use of a small probe. The stomach can be redesigned into a desirable 6-pack, man boobs can be sculpted into a firm chest and definition can be added to arms creating an overall toned look. A surgeon with a sharp eye and creativity can use this state-of-the-art procedure to transform the body into a highly contoured, athletic look whilst still keeping a relatively natural appearance.
It takes more than technical skills
There is no question, technical skills and experience are essential for any surgeon providing their services. But it takes more than training to make a good cosmetic surgeon and if you are considering undergoing any procedure, whether it is minor or more invasive, these attributes should be taken into consideration.
Patience – a cosmetic surgeon has to demonstrate a level of patience, not only in regards to communicating with the client, but also with the results. Allowing the body to recover is a process. It takes time for tissues to settle down, swelling to reduce and scars to heal. You do not want to be in the hands of a surgeon who is not allowing for that period of recovery.
Creative mind – contouring the figure, reshaping facial features and reconstructing areas of the body requires more than just technical skills. On individual cases surgeons have to figure out how to reconstruct the person, and if one approach doesn’t work, they have to have a level of creative thinking to find another solution.
Good communication – it is essential the cosmetic surgeon understands what the recipient wants and convey a realistic idea of what he or she can expect post-surgery. Those working in the industry of image enhancing need to help the recipient set realistic expectations and have a good understanding of the risks involved in the process.
Regardless of the type of cosmetic procedure, where it is being performed, the latest equipment being used, the surgeon discussing your treatment, marking out the target areas and holding the device can be the determining factor between a good and a great result. Engaging a cosmetic team that are experienced and specialise in the particular procedure will give you a better chance of achieving the desired outcome with reduce recovery time and reduced risk of complications.