There are many ways
of obtaining the information needed. Articles on
plastic and cosmetic surgery can be found in
magazines and in some books available in the
library. The most major disadvantage of these is
that they are not specific to the individual needs
of each person. A visit to the surgeon can provide
more specific information, and that is what we want
to do for every person who comes to see us.
surgeon will want to have some idea what it is the
person wants to change. Each person has studied
his/her own appearance more than anyone else and has
usually come to some conclusions that certain areas
might need to be improved. The surgeon will
therefore ask what the person wants to improve upon,
and if possible, what improvements are being
considered for surgery.
The person seeking
evaluation by the surgeon will ask what can be done,
and what the operation would entail in terms of
risks, side effects, time, recovery, and costs. It
is important to determine in advance as much as
possible about the results that can be expected from
the surgery and with what accuracy the results can
be predicted before deciding to have surgery
The best way of
determining what the surgeon is capable of doing
(and the accuracy and quality in appearance of the
results the surgeon has been able to obtain) is to
see before and after color pictures of the surgeon’s
results on other people who have had operations
similar to the one being considered. All surgeons
who take pride in their work will be able to show
many examples of their work in photographs if asked.
What the surgeon
says can be done is important, but not as important
as what he shows can be done. For example, someone
may say, "You'll look fantastic or beautiful if you
have your nose, eyes, face or whatever done." This
is very fine to hear but it is a matter of opinion
and not a matter of fact. Whether or not someone is
beautiful or not is a matter of opinion.
On the other hand,
if you are shown the results of surgeries in good
quality or color photographs that depict what can be
done by the surgeon, these are facts. You do not
need anyone to tell you they are beautiful results,
you can see that for yourself. By comparing the
results of different surgeons, and speaking to their
patients, you can decide which surgeon is most
capable of providing you with the best result.
Your choice of
surgeon and the goal of the surgery are the two
critical choices you have to make that will
determine the final result. The best possible result
will be your goal and the goal of the surgeon you
choose. The goal will be your choice of what looks
best in your opinion, which, of course, is the
opinion that is the most important.
We can give factual
and specific information in five different ways:
explaining, describing and suggesting, etc.
2. Looking in the
factual, clear, Before and After pictures.
4. Drawing on your
picture using computer photo-editing programs.
5. Drawing on
photocopies of your actual photographs.
information will be given to each person by looking
in the mirror and explaining what can be done and
what is suggested for each area in consideration.
will include review of before and after photographs
of other persons who have had work done and who have
allowed the results of their surgery to be seen.
Each person we see
is offered the opportunity to have drawings or
sketches done on their own photographs or on the
computer screen to allow the person who is
contemplating surgery to have an even clearer and
more definite goal.
Copies of all the
sketches we do may be taken home for study and
modification. With the availability of photocopy
machines, as many copies and changes of the drawings
may be made as desired.
Questions and Answers
How do I know
if my appearance can be improved by surgery?
On your first
office visit, this question will be discussed and
your pictures will be taken, either with a video
camera, a regular camera, or both. The changes that
can be made are very clearly seen by sketching on
The drawings on
your own pictures show what is possible. Anyone who
wants to know what improvements can be made in their
appearance should take this opportunity to have
their pictures taken and see what can be done.
Many photocopies of
the photographs and drawings may be taken home for
further study. When you have selected the drawing
that is the most attractive for your face and
personality, the doctor will know how you want to
There are many more
questions and answers in each Q&A section for each
procedure. For example, under
photos, down in the left corner at the bottom of the
first page, there is a hyperlink present that says
“Questions & Answers” in underlined blue color. A
mouse click on those words leads to about twenty or
more common questions and answers about nose
This is also true
for the eyes, face and other areas on this website.
William Roy Morgan M.D., F.A.C.S.
1419 Superior Avenue, Suite 2
Newport Beach CA 92663