Patients often spend a very long time planning their own surgeries, in the sense that they try to pick the best possible clinic, the best doctor, and the best procedure for their needs. But they often find that the story can change quite a lot once they enter their consultation appointment with their surgeon. Surgeons have a very different way of looking at your procedure of course, and it is worth mentioning that understanding their point of view can really help you to understand what is going on and what you can do to improve your plastic surgery experience.
HOW YOUR BODY IS EXAMINED BEFORE SURGERY
A healthy body is very important for the surgery to go well. Although some procedures do not require a particularly high level of health, more serious procedures have a very complex recovery period, and your body needs to be prepared to handle the healing process. Having this is mind, the current health and overall state of your body is the first thing that your surgeon will examine before even booking your plastic surgery date.
You should be prepared to provide a blood sample and perhaps also a urine sample at the start of your check up. These results can give the surgeon exceptionally detailed information about your body, including your blood’s coagulation period, which measures the time it takes for your body stop the bleeding and begin to heal wounds. Although most people pass this initial phase without any problems, if you happen to get really bad results you will likely be refused for surgery at this time, until you get better. If this does happen, take your doctor’s advice very seriously and do not push to have any surgery done if the surgeon doesn’t feel that you can handle it.
There are also additional checkups that may be made, such as the current state of your respiratory organs and skin, including anything else that may have a negative effect on your body both during and after the surgery. It doesn’t take long to finish with this stage, but it is essential to ensure your safety.
HOW A SURGEON PLANS WHERE THE INCISIONS WILL BE MADE
The plan of the incisions is based on how well they will allow the surgeon to access an area inside your body, how they will change the look and feel of your skin, and how visible they will be once they heal. Although not all three of these requirements are needed for each procedure, they are part of the standard surgery plan and will be thought out in as much detail as possible. You may have also noticed that doctors often draw directly on the patient’s body during the consultation period and right before the surgery. This is a great method to allow the surgeon to have a visual representation on how the incisions will look and how big they need to be. This is especially true for procedures like Korean breast implants, which vary greatly according to the shape of the breasts and the size of the implant that will be inserted. It takes quite a bit of time and preparation to do all this, because incisions are very serious things to do on a person’s body, so a really great surgeon will make sure to plan them out in as much detail as possible.
HOW A SURGEON KNOWS WHICH PROCEDURE IS THE RIGHT ONE FOR YOU
Patients often have the feeling that they have an abundance of procedures to choose from when they get an idea for a new look. However, the truth is that each procedure is conducted differently for each patient, and there may even be procedures that will either not be advisable for you personally, or that will not give you the results that you were hoping for.
The final decision depends on what your body looks like before the procedure has been done, because you may not need to undergo a complex procedure in order to get small changes made. So for example, if you wanted to change the shape of your nose and you think that you need to have a full nose surgery, your doctor may feel that all you really need is a nostril reduction in order to achieve it. Surgeons have a lot of experience behind them, and they can envision the final outcome of a procedure much better than a patient can.
Your doctor may also spend some time checking your skin and your bone structure in that particular area, so that they can get a sense of how much work needs to be done in order to achieve the final look. The more effort that a surgeon puts into familiarizing themselves with the current mental state of your body, the more likely they will be to prepare for the procedure accordingly, which will be great for both of you.
HOW SURGEONS IN KOREA PLAN DIFFERENTLY FROM OTHERS
Plastic surgeons in Korea have, for quite a while now, been thought of as some of the best surgeons in the world, and this is especially true for Asian patients. The extent of the advancements and innovation that has been put into plastic surgery in Korea, and that fact that people can have very open conversations about it means that it has become an environment where plastic surgery is seen as something completely normal. This understanding that comes from the Korean society has enabled both doctors and patients to achieve wonderful changes in a stress-free environment, and one that does not scrutinize them as some other countries in the world would. Korean plastic surgery has become a favorite for patients from other nationalities as well, but it is specifically Asian patients that can benefit from it the most.
Surgeons who are based in Korea, and especially those who have received their entire training there, are far more equipped with the knowledge to help patients from the same region than any other surgeons in the world. Cultural background is very important when it comes to plastic surgery because it dictates how the procedure will be carried out, since it is very important that the person’s appearance does not change from their own nationality. This isn’t set in stone of course, and there are some patients who really wish for a big physical change. However, many people really want to remain true to their heritage, so whatever surgery they decide to get must correlate to where they are from. This is more difficult to achieve for patients who live very far from their home country, because it will be difficult for them to find the right doctor for the job.
THINGS THAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP THE PLANNING PROCESS
Regardless of how experienced your doctor is, your contribution as a patient can really help speed things along and provide the doctor with invaluable information about who you are and how your body has changed over the years. If you are opting for a younger look, for example, then you may want to bring in some old photographs of yourself from a period where you were happy with your appearance, because this will provide your doctor with a great reference point to start from. Additionally, do not ever lie to your doctor about your medical history as this could seriously have an effect on how your plastic surgery will turn out. Doctors are not judgmental of your past. Their sole purpose is to make you feel better and to give you the best possible advice to achieve a happy lifestyle. Be as involved in the planning process as you possibly can, and do not shy away from asking any questions that you may have. Good preparation comes from both sides, and although you will allow your doctor to make most of the technical decisions because of their expertise, you will quickly notice that doctor’s really appreciate a patient’s input as well, because it helps them plan the procedure more adequately, and to personalize it specifically for you. Always choose a doctor who knows what they are doing, but also one who will explain everything to you as well.