Photographer Thomas Salme has been in touch with Dr Luciano Lanfranchi, and shot behind-the-scenes photographs for the Italian-based certified plastic surgeon for an upcoming documentary film.
Dr Lanfranchi has written a few words of advice when it comes to fashion and plastic surgery, which we feature exclusively in Lucire.
In recent years, plastic surgery procedures have changed, being less invasive nowadays. That is why it has become more popular and, unfortunately, people tend to exceed what is required. It happens generally with people who do not work with their aspect-beauty: you can imagine what can happen with people who work with their image (just look up some famous people on the internet to see for yourself).
The most difficult thing for a plastic surgeon is to convince people not to undergo certain treatments when there is no need for them. However, people who work with their body image risk becoming obsessed with morphology and ageing.
The problem arises when there is no need to undergo a medical or surgical treatment and the patient does not understand it. If they find the right surgeon, they can change their ideas and sometimes be addressed to a psychologist. If they don’t, the risk of finding another colleague ready to perform a useless and risky treatment is very high.
We have to listen to what patients want and, above all, we have to be very objective before every request. If there is a real inesthetism, asymmetry or lack of volume, having evaluated the possibility to correct it, we have to look in front of the mirror together with the patient and explain everything about possible treatments. The main role of the plastic surgeon is to be very precise in discouraging abnormal or extreme requests, primarily not to create false expectations and plastic faces and bodies. We must respect:
Even if these three fundamental concepts represent the meeting point between a plastic surgeon, an architect, a designer, and a musician, we rarely strike 1 + 1 = 2 in medicine, since there are a lot of possible variables that change from patient to patient.
That’s why we are all like single snowflakes: unique and unrepeatable.—Luciano Lanfranchi