In reading this and other plastic surgery
sites, it is possible for you to develop false impressions about the field
of plastic surgery and what it can do. We will attempt to dispel
some of those false impressions.
Disclaimers about plastic surgery in general
Plastic surgery is not nearly as
effective as you think it is. The changes we make are with
operations, and operations always have drawbacks and compromises.
You may not see those compromises in the particular photos you are
viewing, and you may not hear about them in the magazine interview you
read, but they are there. Every patient has dissatisfactions with
every operation. Every single patient is dissatisfied with some
aspect of the results of her operation. A happy patient is one for whom the benefits
of the operation outweigh the drawbacks, and who accepts the limitations
of the operation.
Not every plastic surgeon knows how to
perform plastic surgery. Many, perhaps most, plastic surgeons are
not skilled at these operations. Just because you see a nice before
and after picture in a magazine or on a Web site does not mean that you can go to
any plastic surgeon and get those same results. In fact, if you go
to the very plastic surgeon whose nice work you saw, you still may not get
the same nice results, because the operations don't work equally well on
Plastic surgeons do not necessarily get
better with experience and age. Some plastic surgeons turn out the
same bad work for their entire careers.
Just because a plastic surgeon can
perform one operation competently does not mean he can perform all of them
competently. The various operations require skills that are
related, but different.
It is not possible for you to know
whether a plastic surgeon is competent to perform an operation without
seeing before and after pictures of his patients. His reputation
doesn't count, the prices he charges doesn't count, the diplomas and
certificates on his office wall don't count, the hospitals he belongs to
don't count, the city and street where he practices don't count, his assurances
to you don't count.
Disclaimers about this Web site and Dr. Denenberg
This Web site is not meant to be a
complete catalog of Dr. Denenberg's work. You are obviously looking
at some of the nicer results. If an operation resulted in a
disappointing amount of visible improvement despite Dr. Denenberg's best
efforts, he is less likely to ask for that patient's permission to use her
Some readers of this page may be
considering asking Dr. Denenberg to perform their surgery. For those
people, the nice photographs on this site might generate unrealistic
expectations about what plastic surgery can do for them. A
patient who has unrealistically high expectations will not be satisfied
with her results, even if the improvement achieved was dramatic. The
surgeon can never satisfy unrealistic expectations.
So is it bad that a doctor shows you
uniformly attractive photos? No. The photographs are still
your only way of determining whether a plastic surgeon has the skill to
perform your operation. You need to go to a surgeon who has been
able to accomplish for someone else what you want for yourself.
Mediocre plastic surgeons won't have any photographic evidence of skill to
See the dilemma? The surgeon wants
to inform you that he has skill, but by showing you his better photos, he
sets your expectations too high. The solution is for you to
understand that you are looking at the better photos, and for you to hear
the surgeon when he gives you a realistic assessment of what he thinks he
can and cannot accomplish in your case. Be flexible.
Don't proceed with surgery if you cannot lower your expectations to a
The photos on this site are not meant to
convince you that you need plastic surgery. Plastic surgery
is not glamorous or easy, even when the results are good. Every
happy patient goes through a process of deciding that she is
satisfied overall, despite the fact that the operation fell short of her
desires in certain areas. Don't put yourself through that process
unless you feel confident that you can ultimately accept the limitations
of plastic surgery and be satisfied with the results that were possible in
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