As well as being interested in the ‘before and after’ of cosmetic surgery, I’m also interested in the recovery process. Going under the knife isn’t something I feel ready for yet but I wouldn’t be surprised if there comes a time when I feel differently. Therefore, I couldn’t resist popping along to the Karidis Clinic where they were holding an event to discuss facial surgery.
I thought the emphasis of the event would be on the transformations (where were amazing) but actually there was a big focus on the recovery. There were two speakers who’d undergone facial surgery – one who’d had the surgery just two weeks before and one who’d had it done 4 years ago. What made hearing their stories interesting was not just that the women were at different post-surgery stages but that they also had very different personalities.
Jessica, who had a lower facelift and upper and lower eye surgery 4 years ago, was very outgoing. Deborah who had the same procedure 22 days ago, seemed more sensitive and a bit more of a worrier. With that in mind, it’s probably not surprising to hear that Jessica had a very positive attitude towards every aspect of the process and took it all in her stride. Meanwhile, Deborah found the process a little harder. Having two women with different characters was such a good idea as it gave the audience and prospective surgery candidates more opportunity to relate to what was being discussed.
There was no holding back on how difficult the initial period after having cosmetic surgery can be and Deborah had even compiled a diary where she included daily photos along with how she was feeling and this book was passed round the audience.
I felt that the surgeon, Mr Alex Karidis, answered all the questions honestly and didn’t downplay any aspect of having surgery. He genuinely wants to educate his prospective patients about what surgery involves so they know what to expect in terms of results and downtime and he comes across as extremely likeable and trustworthy.
Also there to answer questions was Norman Wright, a psychotherapist, who Mr Karidis gives his patients the option of seeing prior to making a decision about surgery to discuss mental preparation.
What I learnt from the event is that when it comes to cosmetic surgery there’s more to consider than the ‘before and after’ and the cost. With so much to think about, the importance of having a highly-skilled surgeon who wants you to be informed and mentally prepared is paramount. I left thinking that you’d be in a safe pair of hands with Mr Karidis.
Some info on the event with a Q&A can be found HERE
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