Big changes or small changes?
I frequently am told by a patient that she wants a facial feature changed but she
doesn't want so much of a change that other people will notice. I
understand the sentiment, but in general it's not wise to skimp on the
surgery so that others won't see a big difference and razz you about it. Your friends will get
used to the changes rapidly, leaving you frustrated that you didn't take
care of everything that bothered you in the first place.
recommend to my patients that they not have the surgery done unless they
can plan it to their best benefit, not allowing others' feelings to
dictate what is done.
Different people have
different levels of observation when it comes to facial features.
Some of your friends won't notice the changes, and others' observational
skills will be quite acute. After a rhinoplasty, for example, some
of your friends won't be able to see any difference at all, even if the
improvement was dramatic. Others will spot you down the street and
say, "What did you do to your nose!" even if the changes were
modest. Most of your friends will just accuse you of getting a new hairstyle or new
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