Cat ladies, snake men, and cosmetic surgery

Cat_manEvery six months or so there seems to be a new documentary about somebody who’s had surgery, tattoos and piercing to model themselves after a snake, a cat, or something new entirely. For want of a better term, all I can think of to describe this is ‘novelty’ surgery, though its increasing popularity in the western world makes me wonder just how much of a novelty it really is these days.

At Secret Surgery, we always say that it’s important to choose surgery because it’s what you want, or because it will make you happy. However, we have to come clean: that’s not all it’s about. Sometimes, people think they want something, when they don’t.

You have to wonder why people might want to look like cats, and whether or not it’s a decision that they make come to regret a few years down the line. As cosmetic surgery specialists, it’s our job to know who will regret it, and who won’t.

The answer, then? Well, each to their own. One of the reasons why we write so many blog posts about asking yourself the right questions before surgery is that we want to make sure that you’re making the right decision – not just the one that you want to make now, but one that you’ll be glad you made a decade later.

Secret Surgery has partnered up with The Wright Initiative as we believe that every patient deserves the right to be able to make an informed decision about their procedure. This means ensuring that the patient considers, amongst other things, the impact that cosmetic treatment may have on their emotional, relational and psychological wellbeing, both in the short-term and in the more distant future.

The specially-devised programme takes the form of focal sessions that are held at TWI’s Nottingham and Harley Street clinics or via Skype. During the course of a 60-minute session, the patient will attain the peace of mind that comes from knowing that their emotional, relational & psychological welfare has been addressed by them and their surgeon thus providing an integrated support programme.

So, what do you think about cat ladies and snake men – is this something that you feel she be allowed by cosmetic surgery clinics? Its not something that we offer but we are all about patient choices and doing it for the right reasons.

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