It is widely recognized, in the medical field, that there is no substitute for an impartial consultation in the presence of your physician and for the mutual understanding which will result from it.
Nevertheless, our communication society is such today that it is perhaps useful for you to get a general idea by consulting a web site.
Nowadays, few people ask for advice and most consult for a procedure that they have already decided on.
They then expect to receive confirmation from the surgeon and hear that the procedure chosen is the right one for them. Their opinion will of course be taken into account but will need be to considered in the light of their morphology and the currently available techniques.
Rather than outline the theoretical, clinical, technical and administrative aspects of this field of medicine – which are readily available on any of the sites of the learned societies within our discipline (www.chirurgiens-plasticiens.info…/),I prefer here to inform you of another major and more delicate issue related to the success of any procedure, namely, in plastic and esthetic surgery a direct relationship is important.
On the part of the patient – yourself – expressing a sincere, clearly-formulated, freely-chosen and fully-conscious request.
On the part of the physician – myself – providing a holistic, accurate and individualized response.
During the initial phase, I will focus on your request for treatment as a patient:
I will consider the demand you express but I will also take into account your unspoken wishes (denials, unformulated needs, lack of knowledge, poorly-expressed or inaccurately described demands) as well as your personality (fears, preconceived ideas, prejudices). We will distinguish between the kinds of fantasy which are common to everyone and which result from conditioning, and your true identity.
When seeking plastic and esthetic surgery, what patients are looking for, apart from a new nose or remodeled breasts, is recognition of their deep-seated identity. In order to feel more alive.
It is essential therefore to grasp what is the patient’s true concern in order to avoid the risk of effacing some essential component of their identity – unless that is required.
It is vital to establish and maintain a genuine relationship throughout the different stages of the treatment contract.
Once the patient’s real motivation has been established and an appropriate relationship has been created with the patient, the clinical information stage can begin.
This in itself is a vast topic. Suffice it to say that I give a great deal of importance to supplying patients with clear and helpful information. Patients must also assure me that they have fully understood my explanations and that they agree to the treatment I propose.
Once the surgeon has spent time with the patient, acknowledged him/her and discerned their true identity, the most important part of the process is complete.
And, in contrast to the current fashionable belief which advocates allowing patients to fulfil their dreams, I consider that the plastic surgeon’s skills will enable the patient to achieve harmony with him/herself, to assert their identity in order to live in closer contact with reality…