An article in yesterday's New York Times brought up the issue of patient selection for cosmetic surgeons. Apparently, "problem patients" come up a lot. Surgeons turn away candidates because they have had too many procedures or think they are seeking surgery for the wrong reasons (like to find a husband or keep a job). According to the article,
Facial plastic surgeons estimate that roughly 10 to 15 percent of the potential patients in consultations harbor outright hostility toward past surgeons or have unrealistic expectations about how radically surgery can transform the chin they hate.
But what about the fact that beauty ideals vary over time and individual opinion, as New York Magazine's article on "The New Face" detailed last month? Should it be up to the person paying for surgery to decide what they want and whether it's for a good reason?