Being realistic about your outcome is a high-priority conversation you should
always have with your plastic surgeon. It is of utmost importance for a patient to
understand what surgery is capable of changing and to what degree. If you
expect something that is impossible to achieve, you are setting yourself up for
As doctors, we watch out for people who are trying to achieve perfection,
because we know there’s no such thing. Even when you’re born, you’re not
perfect. Everyone is asymmetric to some degree. All of us have small flaws or
variations in our skin. People who are obsessed with their version of perfection
are a red flag to doctors, often signaling they have obsessive-compulsive
If you really take a close look at people who look “perfect,” you will see many
imperfections. Next time you get a chance, take a close look at a picture of your
favorite “perfect-looking” model or celebrity without makeup (search #nomakeup
on Instagram), and you’ll see what I mean. Our beauty actually lies in our
imperfections, the small asymmetries or marks that draw our eye into the
person’s soul (Joaquin Phoenix’s lip or Marilyn Monroe’s mole are perfect
examples.) A slight asymmetry or mark is not only “normal” but desirable for a
Also, any part of the body that has “two sides”—the eyes, the eyebrows, and
particularly, the breasts—are areas where some people get hung on the idea that the two sides should be exactly alike. But that’s just not the way any of us are made. To expect perfect symmetry is unrealistic, and perfect symmetry can even make you look unnatural.
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