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Beverly Hills Plastic and Cosmetic Surgeon, Dr. Francis R Palmer, III “When to say No to patients.”

Beverly Hills Plastic and Cosmetic Surgeon, Dr. Francis R Palmer, III “When to say No to patients.”

This seems a simple question. When do I, as a Beverly Hills Plastic and Cosmetic Surgeon with almost 20 years of experience in Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery say, No to a patient seeking my services?

I am here to tell you that I believe that a Plastic and Cosmetic Surgeon must be compassionate enough to empathise with the desires of the patient…but the responsibility that we a surgeons carry is quite intense at times. Couple that with a smattering of inexperience in some Plastic and Cosmetic Surgeoins and the greed factor for others more interested in making $$ than in doing the correct aesthetic thing for the patient and the outcome can be a real mess.

The reality is that often patients really don’t know what’s the proper aesthetic thing for them to do in order to improve their appearance. Sometimes patienst ask for Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery Procedures that won’t make them look better…in fact, they’d look worse after the procedure…and be out the $$ to boot.

I have found that a gentle but thorough explanation of why the Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery Procedure, that they have requested, will not benefit them followed by a review of the aesthetics of the face and or body depending on what areas we are discussing. This can easilly take an hour or more. In most cases, I can get through to the patient and make them understand the reality…such as it is. Some times, patients are quite insistant and even demanding…almost as if they were hiring a servant to perform some simple task for them. At which point, I gently but firmly remind them that I am a Beverly Hills Plastic and Cosmetic Surgeon with years of experience and I can’t perform an operation or Procedure on them that I don’t believe will make them more attractive. Some patients are stunned. I remind them that’s why I charge a consult fee.

I see my role, during consultation, as your personal trained medical beauty advisor that you have hired for that hour to discuss what things may improve your appearance. I never promised that I’d do Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery on you just because you want me to…just because you want to pay me to do so.

These situations also occur when patients are seeking revision work of Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery Procedures that were performed elsewhere. The results may be great but they don’t see them. The results may be less than great but the inherent risk of a revision surgery far outweights the benefits that may or may not be attained. In these cases, I’m going to decline to perform the operation….I may however want to suggest other ways that you may be able to accomplish your overall goal of looking more attractive. Remember that’s the end result ultimately…..to look more attractive, youthful and natural.

Dr. Francis R Palmer, III