According to Anthony LaBruna and Jaclyn Mucaria, knowing what type of patient you are before you undergo cosmetic surgery can go a long way in determining your level of satisfaction after a procedure.
Dr. Oz talks with Anthony and Jaclyn, a plastic surgeon and healthcare executive respectively, about five different types of patients and how good of a candidate they may be for cosmetic surgery:
The realist: The realist wants a relatively simple, safe and effective procedure done for the right reasons, which makes them an ideal candidate. "They know what they want to have done, they know why they want to have it done, and it's very clear cut," Jaclyn says.
The business person: An acceptable candidate, the business person is vibrant, healthy and successful—and wants to match how they feel on the inside with how they look on the outside. "The person has defined goals for defined reasons that, that person is probably going to be very happy with," Anthony says.
The accommodator: The accommodator is someone who's trying to make everyone else happy, and is therefore not a good candidate. A wife who wants to enlarge her breasts for her husband fits this profile. "Whenever in life you're doing something for someone else, but you yourself are not the one who wants it...I as a person and as a physician do not want to promote that," Anthony says.
The perfectionist: The perfectionist is someone who is physically attractive by most standards, has undergone four or five procedures and is still unhappy with the results. "They are dissatisfied with things, they find fault where there is no fault and they're going to have more surgery," Anthony says. Candidates who fit this profile should seek counseling rather than surgery, he says.
The child with a pushy parent: Perhaps the least acceptable of all candidates are children who have pushy parents who typically find fault with their child and seek surgical fixes that the child does not want. "We're talking about surgery maybe at an inappropriate time for inappropriate reasons, and it's at a level where I really get concerned," Anthony says.