Talking professionally with Petra Berger, MD (Frankfurt, Germany) about Cosmetic Surgery as portrayed on TV
Released on: August 8, 2008, 9:07 am
Press Release Author: Petra Berger, MD
Press Release Summary: Cosmetic surgery are shown on TV like daily soaps and suggest a harmlessness which can be dangerous. Advertising for professional Plastic Surgery or rather sensation mongering for spectators? Get 20 years younger in just 4 weeks might work for automobiles but not for humans.
Press Release Body: ?: Dr. Berger, recently cosmetic surgery has come under harsh criticism because of sensationalistic TV reporting. As an experienced specialist in plastic and cosmetic surgery, what is your opinion of these abuses?
Dr. Berger: You've described it quite aptly. These are abuses that have little in common with professionally applied cosmetic surgery. When I see these pictures, I can only shake my head and my ethical colleagues would react similarly.
?: But you and your colleagues should also be happy to profit from the popularity that TV has generated for your profession.
Dr. Berger: I seriously doubt that anyone has profited from the publicity. In my opinion the programmes are cruel and cynical. They portray a type of "drastic surgery" that consciously exaggerates in order to satisfy some people's need for sensationalism. These are factors that play no role whatsoever in my dealings with patients.
?: What is it that disturbs you most about "drastic surgery" as you call it?
Dr. Berger: Well, most importantly, it plays down the risks of an operation marathon, which I would never ever recommend for my patients. These are operations, interventions, which are always stressful to a person's body. Certainly, performed one by one, they are no obstacle to having cosmetic surgery, but, as is always the case in medicine, it's a question of the dosage. I always make this very clear to my patients. And I never promise them that in 20 days I can make them look 20 years younger. This is dangerous nonsense. People cannot be reconditioned like old cars and made to look like new.
?: Dr. Berger, this topic is obviously very important to you.
Dr. Berger: That's because my patients are important to me. And for me that means not treating the aging process like an illness, which has to be eliminated. A person consists of a body and a soul. If I don't understand the expectations and motives of the person I'm treating, then I can't really help. That's why consultation before the operation and care and assistance afterwards play such an important role in my treatment. These allow me to clear up any misconceptions beforehand, which would only lead to the patient's disappointment.
?: And what is your idea of completely successful cosmetic surgery?
Dr. Berger: I can probably explain that best with the following example. A woman came to me seeking professional help. She was in her early fifties, had two children and was happily married. When she looked at herself in the mirror, she noticed a few typical signs of aging. Of course she wasn't happy about these, but they weren't a major concern either. After three separate and specific enhancements, she can look in the mirror again with satisfaction - especially because she still sees herself, but as a youngish woman in her mid-forties, and this radiates from her. Moments like these make me particularly happy about the years I spent taking professional training as a specialist for plastic and cosmetic surgery.
?: So you don't let tacky TV programmes spoil the satisfaction you derive from your profession.
Dr. Berger: Precisely!
?: Dr. Berger, we'd like to thank you for this very informative conversation.
Web Site: http://www.praxis-berger.com
Contact Details: Office for Plastic and Aesthetic Surgery Dr. Petra Berger Schillerstrasse 3 60313 Frankfurt, Germany phone: +49 (0)69 / 920 20 883 Internet: www.praxis-berger.com e-Mail: email@example.com