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Can plastic surgery buy you happiness (especially if you are on Adderall) :)?

 

“Plastic surgery won’t make you happy, but it can make you happier”

I think most sentient human beings will agree that the world it’s becoming a crazier place in which to live. We are constantly bombarded by negative imagery, negative stories, negative experiences, negative people while reminded that we are not good enough to fit the ideal as embodied by the media’s ambassadorial cadre of celebrities and certain reality stars. In more recent years, I am seeing an uptick in the amount of negative patients in my practice. I have learned to better recognize them and avoid operating on them as best I can.

Why do I do this?

The answer is simple. I avoid operating on them to better serve them . My staff and I at the Haworth Institute adhere to a basic principle of delivering the best service possible in order to maximally satisfy our patients. Yet, even if I perform the most exemplary plastic surgery and the patient is not happy with the results, then I have failed. In other words, the objective assessment of the surgical results does not match the subjective one of the patient. There are reasons for this break from reality, such as body dysmorphic syndrome and a patient’s own internal anger, discontentment, strife or call it what you will. There is much written about body dysmorphia but little is discussed about the latter situation-the angry, malcontent. Many times, these people come to a plastic surgeon seeking out surgical transformation for the wrong reasons, thinking that the surgery itself will bring a positive change in their life. When that doesn’t transpire and the patient realizes that they are still the same unhappy soul, all hell can break loose for both patient and caregiver because of unrealistic expectations. This may become a greater incendiary situation when a patient is taking Adderall or some other amphetamine-related prescription medication. Consequently, plastic surgeons should be aware of this heretofore anecdotal correlation prior to operating on anyone taking Adderall or equivalent since this may be a predictor of both disproportionate patient disappointment and anger.

I now have come up with the following saying within the last month which resonates with both my staff and myself:  ”Plastic surgery will not make you happy, but it can make you happier.” In simple terms, this allows me to assess whether a patient is fundamentally happy and balanced prior to operating on them. I’m sure that there will be a few patients that still slip through the cracks, so to speak, but if I can manage to avoid operating on the majority of angry, unhappy patients then I know in my heart that I did serve them well.

Coincidently, this article just came out today about plastic surgery and happiness:

C’mon get happy! Plastic surgery can help :)

Dr. HAWORTH is a board-certified (American Board of Plastic Surgery) plastic surgeon located in Beverly Hills. His specialties include all aspects of aesthetic facial and breast plastic surgery, including rhinoplasty, revision rhinoplasty, facelifts, lip reshaping and breast augmentation. For further information go to drhaworth.com

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Virtual Consultations

Up to 45% of my patients come from out of town, out of state and abroad. Obviously, a number of challenges are posed when initially consulting such patients due to geographical restrictions. Fortunately, due to the technological advances of today’s Internet, such as VOIP with videoconferencing and e-mail, both the patients and the doctors can get a sense of each other before they actually meet in person. Even though such a “virtual consultation” cannot substitute for a detailed face-to-face physical exam and interview, it does provide an initial backdrop for the surgeon to assess what the patient’s goals are, whether they have realistic expectations and lay down a framework for a particular surgical plan of action. In turn, the patient can assess their individual comfort level with the doctor, whether that doctor can potentially fill their goals and at what approximate price. One must realize that these “virtual consultations” cannot substitute for an in-person consultation nor can they be construed as offering definitive medical advice to a patient. They only serve as tools to facilitate a potential doctor-patient relationship, saving time and the expense of traveling to the doctor for a consultation if it is already obvious that it would be fruitless.

If you are choosing to communicate with Dr. Haworth via e-mail, etc., it is necessary that you send him properly taken photographs of the area or areas of your face and body that are bothering you. As a guideline facial photographs should be taken from four angles.

AP View   Oblique View
The first one is an AP (anterior-posterior) view   The second one is an oblique view (note how the tip of the nose touches the far cheek edge)
 
Profile View   Worm's eye View
The third is a pure profile view (with the eyes looking straight ahead)   The fourth view is called the worm’s eye view (this is only needed in rhinoplasty surgery).

 

For the body, these same rules of thumb apply. Simply send well-framed photographs of your troublesome area (whether it be your hips, abdomen or breasts) in an AP, oblique and lateral view. Make sure that the photographs are taken at the appropriate distance-it is important that Dr. Haworth can get a sense of how your breasts, for example, relate to the width of your hips and waist. If the photographs are taken too close, anatomic proportion may be very difficult to assess.