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Who is likely to be unhappy after cosmetic surgery?

Arthur W. Perry, MD
Plastic Surgery
The following types of patients might be expected to be unhappy after surgery:
  • The patient who writes a long letter to arrange the initial consultation
  • The rude or pushy patient
  • The slovenly patient
  • The patient who tries to exhibit control over the surgeon
  • The patient who comes on a little strong or disparages other plastic surgeons
  • The patient who lies about her medical history
  • The patient who is unsure of what she needs
  • The patient whose problem is too small for the surgeon to see easily
  • The uncooperative patient
  • The perfectionist
  • The doctor shopper
  • The person who wants multiple operations
  • The patient who wishes to please someone else
  • The paranoid or depressed patient
  • The psychiatric patient whose psychiatrist opposes the surgery
  • The man who wants an operation not commonly performed in men
  • The celebrity patient
A patient who had a bad result from prior surgery is more likely to be unhappy with subsequent surgery.
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