Many people turn to the Plastic Surgeon to solve physical defects, both real and perceived, that influence personal choices and social relationships. In this regard, we interviewed Prof. Paolo Persichetti, an expert in Plastic, Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery in Rome
1) What are the types of patients that come to you?
There are many types of patients that nowadays are addressed to a Plastic Surgeon, different for age, sex and instances that prompt to request a medical consultation. For example, there are young women who come to us to correct imperfections on a congenital or malformative basis, or who are not comfortable with their body; patients who have objective difficulties, for example in breathing, and who require a rhinoplastic surgery, or who after a heavy weight loss wish to undergo bodily remodeling interventions; patients who do not resign themselves to the passage of time and would like to undergo interventions to counteract the aging of the face, breast or abdomen.
2) How does an aesthetic problem affect the psychological side?
A real aesthetic problem or perceived as such strongly conditions the character and approach to life of patients, deeply influencing their personal and relational choices and often urging them to resort to the Plastic Surgeon to try to solve it.
3) What are the most common problems for which patients decide to contact a Plastic Surgeon?
In the United States (ASAPS Sources), in 2016, about 1 million and 8 thousand Aesthetic Surgery operations were performed: the most frequent were the additive mastoplasty, liposuction and rhinoplasty, compared to about 17 million aesthetic procedures that infiltration of botulinum toxin and fillers are considered more frequent treatments.
Here too, in Italy, the estimates are in line with those in the United States, with a strong demand for correction of breast malformations on a congenital or acquired basis (for example, after pregnancy or lactation), with breast augmentation surgery. and mastopexy; Rhinosettoplasty to correct functional changes in breathing and aesthetics of the nose; blepharoplasty and facelift to correct the signs of aging of the periocular region and of the cervical district; abdominoplasty operations to correct the pendulous abdomen and the muscular diastasis (for example, after weight loss or pregnancy).
Likewise, there are many requests to counter the aging of the face with non-surgical techniques and a short convalescence, such as laser resurfacing treatments, facial lipofilling, botulinum toxin infiltrations or fillers.
4) How do these patients generally feel after surgery?
These patients, in general, regain self-confidence, improving the relationship with their body. Often there is a real change in character, which becomes more positive and open to the world as an introvert, with an improvement also in personal social relationships.
Editor Karin Mosca