I consult with patients all day long. Other than conducting the actual procedure, this is the most critical time when information is shared that will help you determine the best course of action to address your particular area of concern. In my case, it allows me to share with you my thirty years of plastic surgery experience.
At this juncture in my career, I have a wonderful idea of what works and what doesn’t, what’s BS and when someone is selling you a bill of goods with little chance of success, or worse, could be dangerous. It’s my duty to keep you out of trouble so you don’t become the person who has the plastic surgery “horror story.”
During this valuable time, I will address your concerns, provide you with the best alternatives, suggest the best course of action and address any specific worries you have.
It’s not uncommon that while conversing with my patients, I can tell they are somewhere else. Often, this is caused by the “Internet Fog,” what I like to attribute to how the internet has changed plastic surgery consultations. They saw a “video of a doctor who…..” or read something that offered them just the solution they are looking for.
But here is the problem: everyone is different, has different issues and different anatomy, and the best solution for YOU may be very different than what you learned online. This is not to discount the value of learning and exploring your options from a tremendous wealth of available information, but the reality is that people search out what they want to be the truth, and not what may actually be the truth. We seek out information that supports what we want to believe. This is human nature.
This puts me in the position of having to convince a patient of a certain reality, or of having to address, point by point, why what they learned is inaccurate, not applicable to their issue or worse, outright BS. You can imagine that this is not something that I look forward to seeing, particularly given the volume of patients who visit daily.
This gives all the more reason to consult with several plastic surgeons in your area, in addition to doing your “homework” on the Internet. By visiting with several surgeons, you will be in a better position to sort it all out and decide with which surgeon you feel you are in the best hands (pun intended).
Information is power. Too much information can cause confusion, and the “Internet Fog” may cloud your judgment. If you find yourself at odds with what you are hearing during your consultation, it might be a good time to focus on what is being said, even if it’s not supporting what you learned from the Internet.
You don’t have to make a decision immediately, but you certainly want to make a well-informed decision. A highly qualified and experienced plastic surgeon is an invaluable resource in helping you decide what is best for you.
If you find this blog helpful, you may want to read my article How to Get the Most from your Consultation.
I keep an open mind when I visit with any patient, I recommend that you do the same and engage in the here and now so that you feel truly empowered and less confused. As much as the digital age has offered us tremendous opportunity, it’s still the human to human interaction that often makes the biggest difference. Try it, you’ll like it.