In considering elective cosmetic surgery, patients face many questions about the costs of particular procedures, the risks involved and the general long term results. On this Patient Power program, host Andrew Schorr is joined by plastic surgeon, Dr. Sam Most. Along with Helen, a patient guest, the three guests seeks to address questions about the risks, reality and cost of having elective cosmetic surgery.
Helen, a patient who had a number of procedures, including an eyelid lift, facelift, chin implant and lasering of her face, also joins the program to share what options she weighed in making the decision to have her surgery. Helen speaks to the reality of recovery and the psychological impact of having surgery to alter your face, which is so closely tied to your identity. She also addresses the stigma often associated with cosmetic surgery. Resolute in the fact the surgery was the right choice for her, Helen encourages patients’ families and friends to support them during recovery, just like would in any other type surgery.
Dr. Most addresses many of the media portrayals of plastic surgery, including several TV shows like ‘The Swan,’ and explains the role this has played in managing patient expectations. He answers questions about the longevity of particular procedures like the facelift, botox and chemical peels and offers advice about new trends like the thread lift technique. Often times, if one procedure is combined with another, it can make for a better outcome.
If you choose to explore elective cosmetic surgery, it is critical to find a doctor who will dialogue with you. As Dr. Most says, “It’s important to get information, especially in this day and age as we’re bombarded with information from various media outlets on cosmetic surgery. It’s important to have realistic expectations and to speak to some physicians who tell you what you need to know, not what you want to hear.” If you or a loved one is considering cosmetic surgery, this Patient Power program is an excellent place to start.
Sam P. Most, M.D.
Chief of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Stanford University School of MedicineDr. Sam Most is Chief of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Stanford University School of Medicine. He received his medical degree from Stanford University School of Medicine and went on to complete his residency in Head & Neck Surgery at the University of Washington. Dr. Most is certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. more >