- Leading plastic surgeon explains why many women chose to opt for plastic surgery and how the process can affect their lives
The majority of women who opt for plastic surgery do so to boost self-esteem says one of the world’s leading plastic surgeons, Dr Kasem Abu Bakr.
Poor self-esteem can stem from purely psychological reasons or from the physical, such as post accident problems, congenital deformities, or from badly executed previous surgeries, and can be alleviated through surgical procedures, according to the surgeon.
“For celebrities and VIPs there are often professional reasons for wanting to undergo surgery, but outside of that, women in general are usually looking for a boost in confidence and just want to feel better about themselves,” he says.
Dr Kasem has performed aesthetic surgery on more than 40,000 women, which he says has given him profound insight into the reasons why women choose to go under the knife.
“Aesthetic surgery is an effective psychological treatment to help people gain more confidence in their abilities and presence,” he says.
As part of his usual consultation process, Dr Kasem focuses on building close relationships with his patients – considering himself as more than simply a surgeon; his role is to guide and help his patients through their journey to self-improvement. Sometimes potential patients discover surgery is not the best option after deeper consideration and he will instead help the patient source dietary and nutrition advise, referring onward to colleagues he feels better able to help with particular needs and situations.
“Aesthetic surgery can be a life changing experience and I am very conscious of the importance my advice can have on a patient throughout the consultation process,” he says.