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Second opinion There is no harm in seeking a second opinion. You should have more than one person in the room to get a range of opinions so that the patients can realise that perhaps there isn’t an issue. I asked how he navigates the increasing problem of body image dysmorphia; “It’s a common occurrence, perhaps on a daily basis. We can help people through cosmetic surgery if they have a negative emotional attachment but what we need to weed out is those that believe that surgery will change their life or somehow make them happier.” There are some obvious cases, and it’s important to educate the patient that there are issues that he/she cannot identify. There are times when the patient needs other forms of therapy, vulnerable patients who can walk into a clinic and undergo a procedure that they don’t need, which contributes to a deeper-rooted problem that no amount of cosmetic alteration can fix. Psychiatric assessment and evaluation is imperative when you’re dealing with patients within aesthetic medicine. So what’s the future? The new age of aesthetic medicine, Dr Somji suggests, will be a hybrid of non-surgical and surgical treatments. People don’t want the downtime that’s associated with surgery, the bruising, swelling and scarring, but they want those long-lasting and dramatic results. In recent years, there was an up-swinging trend of non-surgical procedures failing to slake expectations and then a jump to surgical procedures, but now there is a bourgeoning in-between market to satisfy that demand. Non-surgical procedures can act as a precursor to surgical procedures, but what’s needed is to assess the longevity and efficacy of the non-surgical in order to compete with more permanent surgical procedures. Whether you agree with the direction beauty standards are going in or not, surgical procedures are becoming the norm. They play a significant role in the quest for perceived perfection, so now more than ever, it is imperative that people go into a procedure educated.

“People don’t want the downtime that’s associated with surgery, the bruising, swelling and scarring, but they want those long-lasting and dramatic results.”

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