AESTHETIC MEDICINE AND SURGERY
Plato defined art and science as equally important disciplines, considered to be a representation of beauty and truth. For a plastic surgeon, aesthetics represent the fusion of these two ancient disciplines.
The concept of beauty cannot be objectively assessed, yet there is a universal language of beauty, which has always transcended time, cultures and fashion: harmony.
A plastic surgeon involved in aesthetics is a professional devoted to sculpting the body in pursuit of harmony. In order to achieve this, they have a number of non-surgical and surgical techinques at their disposal.
Aesthetic medicine is a medical, non-surgical and hence minimally invasive speciality, which aims to rejuvenate and correct cosmetic imperfections, using either injectable or more superficial skin medicaments. The most commonly selected and performed procedures are undoubtedly: botulinum (botox), filler injections and peels.
Aesthetic surgery is performed by a specialist plastic, reconstructive and aesthetic surgeon. It encompasses body reshaping procedures, which aim to correct either congenital or acquired imperfections. The most popular aesthetic operations are: face and neck lift, brow lift, upper and lower blepharoplasty, rhinoplasty, otoplasty, breast augmentation, breast uplift, breast reduction, male breast reduction, abdominoplasty/mini-abdominoplasty, arm lift, thigh lift, gluteoplasty and liposculpture.
In this modern age, physical and psychological wellbeing coincide – moreso than in the past; being satisfied with one’s body image builds confidence and self-esteem. For this reason, in modern society, cosmetic enhancement represents an increasingly sought after and desired goal.
Aesthetic medicine and surgery can be very helpful in achieving this goal, provided they are conceived and fulfilled within the boundaries of balance and good taste. The search for perfection can sometimes turn into an obsession. Therefore it is of the utmost importance to understand the line separating realistic results and fantasy.
It is important to explore whether distress due to physical imperfections, however minor or severe, can be eliminated through the proposed procedures. In this respect, it is crucial to identify any underlying psychological condition, which may represent a contraindication to treatment if not adequately examined in depth and resolved. For this reason, the undertaking of any aesthetic procedure must follow an open and honest preliminary visit in order for the surgeon to fully understand the patient’s wishes. Likewise it is essential for the surgeon to fully disclose the limitations, risks, and benefits of a specific medical or surgical treatment.
Personalising the approach for each case is probably the most fascinating aspect of these noble disciplines. Every individual is identified by her/his unique features, which must be respected. A plastic surgeon aims to enhance or rejuvenate a specific part of the face or body, paying attention to patients’ wishes, all the while persuing the preservation of proportion, balance and aesthetic harmony.