Aesthetic approach

by Ioannis Bitzos, MD, FACS

Aesthetic approach

The indications for Cosmetic Surgery:

Why undergo Cosmetic Surgery?

Cosmetic surgery is not indicated for everyone and there are several factors to consider before proceeding with cosmetic surgery for both the patient and the surgeon.

Perhaps the most important factor to consider is the true anatomical indication for the surgery. This means that there must be a significant enough anatomic issue to justify the performance of the surgical procedure. If the anatomical indication is weak, it is better to avoid the cosmetic procedure completely and perhaps consider non-surgical treatments or nothing at all.

Another critical factor is the reason behind the request for a cosmetic surgery procedure. This must always be a clear personal decision by the patient and must not be based on another person’s wishes or on other practical or life-related issues or transient changes. The person requesting cosmetic surgery must be bothered significantly for a significant amount of time by the area of concern and must desire this type of procedure as a 100% personal choice.

Another very important factor is for the patient to have very realistic expectations from the surgery. There is no way a cosmetic procedure can alter a person’s anatomy nor is such a change desirable. Cosmetic surgery can improve your existing anatomy in a natural way and can address the areas of concern but without the possibility of creating the nose or the face or the body of another person. We work very hard in order to help you understand the limits of each procedure and what is best for you and for your individual anatomy.

Cosmetic surgery techniques

Our surgical techniques focus on completely natural looking results. We utilise minimally invasive techniques that provide maximal results without the “operated look” and attention to every detail is an essential element of our care. Our Center guarantees that everything possible is done in every single patient in order to achieve a completely natural cosmetic result. Our Center does not offer the exaggerated cosmetic results frequently advertised and shown on the mass media or on the popular social media platforms. In case you definitely desire this type of aesthetics for your face or body, please consider another plastic surgery provider.

Plastic Surgery, a unique field of Medicine blending Art and Science.

The importance of the aesthetic approach of your doctor

The aesthetic approach is perhaps the most important element in a cosmetic plastic surgeon (along with his technical ability and surgical training). The aesthetic approach of each surgeon is shown by how natural his surgical results are. In order for a plastic surgeon to have natural results, his aesthetic approach must be based:

  • on the correct perception of the objectively natural face or body,
  • on the sense of the limit in each cosmetic intervention, i.e. until which point the correction can be performed without creating a result that is obvious and “surgical”.
The perception of the objectively natural

Naturalness in a physician’s aesthetic approach is a multifactorial concept that is often innate but is also influenced both by the aesthetic stimuli from his environment and secondarily by his surgical training. The aesthetic approach of our Center has influences mainly by the Aesthetic Surgery principles of the East Coast of the United States. The “East Coast” approach in Aesthetic Surgery has for decades focused on the naturalness of the results by avoiding techniques that lead to excessive results such as those observed quite often on the West Coast of the US. With modern plastic surgery techniques a woman’s nose or breasts should look as if she was born with them and a facelift and blepharoplasty should simply make the face look rested and fresh and not “pulled”, “operated” or different. The objective observer should not understand whether a person has undergone an intervention, he should simply observe ‘how well a person looks without having had anything done’.

Sense of the limit of intervention in each operation

The key to success in cosmetic surgery is what not to do during a procedure. A plastic surgeon’s intervention must reach a certain limit. It must create the maximum possible physical improvement but at the same must stop the improvement when it may alter the characteristics of the normal-appearing human anatomy. As surgeons it is better to accept and leave unoperated some wrinkles or imperfections on the body or face than to have a surgical result that has obviously undergone an intervention and looks “operated”. There are many examples of doctors’ poor sense of the surgical limit and we have all noticed how unsightly and unnatural it is for patients to have their face or lips with intense bloating from injectable materials, “fake” breasts with disproportionately large prominent implants, a nose that is excessively reduced or a facelift with visibly intense pulling.

With modern cosmetic surgery techniques and with a balanced approach, people undergoing cosmetic procedures must simply look better and not different or operated on.