What can video teach you about cosmetic surgery in this day and age? That’s a good question, mostly because videos are everywhere. You can easily visit YouTube and see a significant number of plastic and cosmetic surgery videos. But getting all of the information you can out of those videos certainly takes some critical thinking and a wary eye.
What Can Video Teach You About Cosmetic Surgery?
Plastic and cosmetic surgeons are all over YouTube. All you have to do is search. But what can video teach you about cosmetic surgery that you didn’t already know? Well, that depends on what you already knew about cosmetic surgery. The nice thing about videos is that, often, they don’t assume you already know anything about the subject matter.
And, of course, there’s the fact that you can see everything. This can be… unnerving when you’re talking about plastic surgery. That’s less true when you’re talking about cosmetic surgery. (Unless you really don’t like needles.)
So what can video teach you about cosmetic surgery? It depends what you’re looking to learn. We should say right off the bad that there is no amount of video in the world that can make you qualified to perform cosmetic surgery. You can only do that if, you know, you’ve been to medical school and performed all the necessary legal and ethical requirements. In other words, do not under any circumstances think of these videos as tutorials for you to follow. That’s not how cosmetic surgery works.
You Can Learn What to Expect
The most important thing you can learn from a cosmetic surgery YouTube video is whether a procedure is right for you or not. Part of that is because you learn what to expect: you can see how long a Coolsculpting will take to perform, for example. You can see how much discomfort the procedure causes.
And, in many cases, you can see what the results look like. This can give you a pretty good idea of what to expect from your cosmetic surgery procedure. It won’t be exact, of course, because everyone is different and will respond to surgery or cosmetic procedures in their own unique ways.
But videos can certainly give you a sense of the basic beats of any given procedure. You’ll know that for Botox, the patient is seated, the target area is given some ice, the injection is made and that’s about it (though, there may be several injections depending on the desired end results). For some patients, this is going to provide comfort or trepidation–it depends on how much you want to know before going in.
You Can Learn About Your Surgeon
The surgeon you see on YouTube is not going to be your real surgeon. More or less. Here’s what I mean by that: when people are on video, they tend to project a certain kind of personality. And that personality may or may not vary from how they are when the camera is off.
Even still, you’ll be able to tell a little bit about the cosmetic surgeon you see in the video. Here’s what you should look out for:
- Confidence: Now, confidence doesn’t always translate into competence (and vice versa). But a surgeon who looks like he or she knows what they’re talking about is something to keep an eye out for.
- Kindness: If you watch videos of surgeons working with patients, keep an eye out for that good old “bedside manner.” Most patients want to see a surgeon who is kind or thoughtful (in addition to competent and experienced).
- Patients: If you’re watching a YouTube video with a cosmetic surgeon, keep an eye on how the patient reacts to the procedure. This can give you a good indication of how much discomfort you might experience during the procedure (though, again, everyone is going to have a different pain threshold).
You Can Learn A Lot–But Not Everything
It’s important to recognize that, while these YouTube videos are meant to be educational, you’re not going to be able to learn everything. In part, that’s due to some very natural variation in patients, surgeons, and procedures. That’s to be expected. But what these videos can do is give you a sense of what to expect.
That sense won’t always be accurate, but it will at least give you a baseline for some procedures. It’s true that not everyone wants to see the process… some people just want to see the end results.
So it’s okay to skip these videos if you want to. They aren’t mandatory viewing for patients. Either way, it’s important to maintain a critical eye when it comes to these videos. But it’s also important to learn what you can.