The truth is our patients are everyday working men and women, moms, dads, seniors, and even military. Usually our patients in come in to see us with very emotional stories and, in many cases, they are seeking improvement to their image in order to feel better. But, the truth here is they are not vain, they are not looking to look like Barbie or Ken. They are looking for improvements that help them feel more confident about their physical appearance.
I’m not sure if it was the media, movies or celebrities that brought on such a vain perception of plastic surgery or maybe it’s just the name itself, but there is nothing plastic about our patients. They are real, genuine, strong, courageous and amazing people who want to enhance their lives and that is what CARE is all about.
Now let’s talk some facts and learn more what our patients are really about.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), there were over 14.6 million cosmetic procedures preformed in 2012. As one of the fastest growing industries over the last decade, it is no surprise that the idea of plastic surgery is met with a mix of emotions from society. For years, a stigma has been placed over the plastic surgery community that, just because it is coined ‘cosmetic’ instead of essential, it is not something a patient has to undergo, but they choose to. Here at CARE Plastic Surgery, we have met and helped countless patients and have seen a broad spectrum of reasons for coming in to our care. This is why, today, we want to talk about what plastic surgery is really about for our patients.
Why Do People Seek Plastic Surgery
In a society so focused on the exterior self, we speak with many patients every week who express a lack of confidence or insecurity about a part of their body that has followed them around their entire lives.
Take for example, our patient, *M.G. After undergoing gastric bypass surgery nearly a decade before, M.G. was looking forward to her tummy tuck and breast augmentation procedures. She didn’t want to turn back the hands of time; she simply wanted to become a better version of herself. When it was complete, this is what she had to say.
“To be able to say the word woman and truly feel like a woman brings tears to my eyes and a smile to my heart… I look in the mirror, even though I haven’t healed all the way from my tummy tuck and breast augmentation and think is that really me in that mirror? Yes it is! Your skill’s have totally changed how see myself physically and emotionally. I can even look people in the eye and not shy away. God made me a female but now I look and feel like a woman.”
For M.G., and for so many others like her, plastic surgery meant being able to show the world her inner beauty through a newfound confidence and appreciation of her body. For some of our patients, they’ve come to us after overcoming traumatic accidents, obstacles, or disease that have left their body scarred and different from before. This is what plastic surgery was really about for our patient *S.
“As woman, it is and was beyond my comprehension that I could look in a mirror and see no scars. To put a bikini on and feel confident, to put clothes on and look better than before surgery was beyond my expectations. To see my husband still look at me and not remember the surgery or drains is incredible. And to then become pregnant with no major healthy risk to myself or our child is truly a blessing.”
Whether a patient comes in for a BOTOX® injection or a Mommy Makeover, our team is confident in one thing; that we are helping women and men find the confidence in themselves to face the world without insecurity, shame, or fear.
If you are considering either a non-invasive or surgical procedure, please give our team at CARE a call at 919.484.4884 to setup a consultation with Dr. Coan.
Dr. Coan and our staff are well known for being compassionate, trustworthy and taking our time with our patients and that is exactly why we call our practice CARE…because we mean it.
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Dr. Brian Coan & Staff