Summary: When it comes to plastic surgery, there’s no lack of learning materials in the world. One quick Google search will net you tons of results about each and every procedure, often with videos right there for clicking. But many patients wonder, how much of your plastic surgery do you actually want to see?
Figuring out How Much of Your Plastic Surgery Do You Want to See?
There are many ways, these days, to view your plastic surgery. There are surgeons who are out there SnapChatting entire procedures. You can find gifs of breast augmentation techniques and animated videos that show every moment of a liposuction procedure. Since the advent of YouTube, this information has not been difficult to find.
But that raises the question, how much of it do you actually want to know? It’s one thing to be aware of what’s going to happen to your body during your procedure. Every patient should be aware. But it’s another matter entirely to actually see what’s going to be done during your procedure.
In which cases is it wise to view your procedure? And in which cases may you want to avoid it? After all, how much of your plastic surgery do you want to see?
When Should You Conduct Your Research?
First and foremost, patients should do as much research as they want to. At its core, plastic surgery is a field that thrives on transparency and communication. That means that patients should be quite aware of everything that’s going to happen to them. You should never go into a procedure feeling uncomfortable because you don’t know something.
That said, the best time to watch these YouTube videos is before you have a chance to talk to your surgeon. That is, the worst time to watch them is the night before your procedure! You want to be able to thoroughly discuss what you’ve seen. And your plastic surgeon is the best person to provide context for any educational videos you might watch.
And, of course, you’ll want to make sure that you’re source is a good one. The internet is full of unverified information, so look for YouTube or social media channels that are put on by surgeons themselves. These are going to be the most accurate representations of what will happen to you.
You can find plastic surgery procedure videos at the following sources:
- The Plastic Surgery Channel
- The American Society of Plastic Surgeons
Viewing Your Procedure vs. Viewing Yourself
Now, there’s a difference between watching plastic surgery videos and starring in them yourself. Many surgeons these days are taking advantage of social media platforms such as SnapChat. This app is a service that sends short-lived photo and video messages from one device to another (or to many other devices). It’s very important that surgeons get your consent for any type of social media broadcasting before your procedure begins.
Indeed, many surgeons will also feature before and after photos of patients—and it’s important that they get your consent for this as well. Basically, if you don’t want to star in your own plastic surgery video, you should make that clear to your surgeon. There are, however, some definite benefits to these plastic surgery videos:
- Education – the more patients know, the better prepared they are
- Transparency – patients can view procedures from start to finish
- Cost Benefit Analysis – when patients know what they’re in for, it’s easier for them to determine if this procedure is the right move for them
Your Surgeon Should Offer Context
Whether the procedure you’re watching is yours or someone else’s, your surgeon’s role in all of this is to offer up some context. Some parts of the procedure may seem more violent than others—but perhaps for a reason. Liposuction, for example, can look quite off-putting if you are not aware of why things are happening in a certain way.
Your surgeon is always there to answer your questions. Some surgeons, such as Milwaukee Plastic Surgeon Mark Bosbous, put up videos attempting to answer some of those questions beforehand. Ultimately, however, it’s up to the patient to ask what is on his or her mind.
Helping You Form More Questions
The ultimate benefit of these videos is that they may help you do just that: form more questions. The more questions you ask, the more information you’ll have about your procedure. Watching some educational videos might help you form more questions to ask.
But watching those videos is not a necessity. There are plenty of patients who would rather not envision what is going to happen to them during a procedure. Those patients should not feel pressured to watch, well, anything. In other words, you can watch if you want to—but there’s nothing wrong with skipping the visual presentation. As with many things in plastic surgery, it’s up to the patient.