Saturday, April 3, 2010

Ruminations with a side of anxiety

I expect second thoughts and agonizing are not uncommon with such things, what with human tendencies towards overestimating risks and underestimating benefits. Thanks to the non-refundable 50% deposit policy, I can also enjoy the added sting of buyer's remorse even before I've received anything.

Today's angst - as usual - is about external scarring, and anger both at salesmanship and my own inability to deal well with it. Cosmetic surgery, it seems, is like Perl in that there's more than one way to do it. Individuals have their own favoured techniques, and it's not totally unexpected that their favourite techniques are the ones that they're proficient in rather than the ones that may best suit any individual case.

I've met a small subset who will refer patients to other practitioners, but even that seems to be for ancillary procedures; like a bone-cutter referring you elsewhere for soft-tissue work. I wonder if it would be feasible to have a non-aligned consulting service that would aim to provide objective measures of particular techniques and outcomes, and help with weighing the number of hospital stays and total time required against the likely quality of the outcome. And I wonder how long it would last before being deflected by incentive payments or advertising.

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