"Knowledge is power! I spend an unexpected amount of time with each of my patients, making sure they understand every phase of their surgery. The more they know the more they are in control. Nothing is more important then earning the trust of my patients. It is this connection that allows them to undergo surgery with confidence and ease."
Dr. Rahban believes that plastic surgery today is very different than it was years ago. In his view, the overall experience tends to be much better, and the rate of patient satisfaction is, overall, quite high.
This, he believes, is because patients are more familiar with what to expect from their surgery, partially as a result of watching television shows featuring plastic surgeries and from speaking with their friends who have undergone various procedures, and also as a result of advances in both surgical and anesthetic techniques.
"Peoples' approach to plastic surgery has changed considerably in the last five years. With the aid of shows like 'Extreme Makeover' and 'Dr. 90210,' as well as instant access to the online information that is now available regarding virtually every surgical procedure, more and more people are seeking the assistance of a plastic surgeon."
"Plastic surgery is no longer exclusively for the rich or for the Hollywood celebrity,
but is now also for the average 'person next door.' In addition, increasingly, more men are seeking plastic surgeries such as rhinoplasty, liposuction and face lifts. It is much more accepted today, and is no longer associated with some sort of stereotype."
"The key to an 'Extreme Makeover' is to really enhance every aspect of one's image. This means that in addition to plastic surgery, patients should also focus on things such as losing weight, working on their self image and self confidence (with the help of a therapist, if necessary) and improving their smile with dental work, such as obtaining veneers."
"Patients may also want to consider Lasik, and may want to enlist the help of an 'expert' on makeup, hairstyle and clothing. It is only when you focus on every aspect of your image, both internal and external, that you can truly achieve an 'Extreme Makeover.'"
Plastic surgery can be incredibly life changing. For many individuals, this is a positive, empowering life- changing experience. Unfortunately, for far too many others, their cosmetic surgery experience turns into a damaging, but even more importantly, an avoidable experience. “Well, I didn’t know” is a phrase I hear far too often in my practice, as new patients of mine are in my office for revisional consultations, because they were misled by unqualified physicians.
The simple truth is that you don’t know what you don’t know. What does that mean? It means that patients need to be educating themselves about what they need to be asking when they are considering plastic surgery. I want them to avoid being part of the 1/3rd of my practice of patients who come to me and say “Help me. I didn’t know.”
The frequency of revisional cases in my practice has led me to realize and question what has triggered this epidemic of revisional plastic surgery.
This epidemic continues to grow in the plastic surgery world for multiple reasons, namely: dermatologists, family practitioners, OB/GYNs, etc. performing plastic surgeries on patients who don’t know that they need to be asking WHAT the doctor is board certified in; patients who don’t know that there is no such thing as a board certified cosmetic surgeon; patients who are seen as dollar signs by these doctors, and therefore end up suffering physically and mentally, not to mention financially, since revisions usually cost 2-3 times more than the initial surgery -- and that is IF the botched job is fixable.
Crossover doctors are taking advantage of prospective patients who have been influenced by social media, have the money to pay, and the vulnerability to undergo the procedure with a doctor who is unqualified because they simply do not know better.
All of this has fueled my mission to be the lone voice that speaks up.
Come in for a Consultation with Dr. Rahban
When Dr. Rahban does a consultation with a prospective patient, he wants it to be two things above all others: thorough and honest. He will find out from you just what you want from cosmetic surgery. And he will tell you honestly if you can get the result you want, and how he can best help you do so.