Would a doctor refuse to do surgery if the patient wants the implants for her partner?
Patients who undergo elective, cosmetic (essentially unnecessary) surgery need to be 100% on board with the procedure. This includes anticipated results, potential complications and long term implications of the surgery. The decision to have a procedure needs to stem exclusively from the patient’s desires. Peer pressure or outside influences should not play a role in this process.
In any surgical procedure, the surgeon needs to be 100% the patient’s advocate in the decision making process and in the operative and perioperative care of the patient. If in the evaluation of a person’s suitability for a procedure, the surgeon feels that the patient has physical, medical or emotional conditions (such as unrealistic expectations or improper motivation) such that the patient would be unduly harmed by the surgery (psychologically or otherwise), then the surgeon, as the patient’s advocate, has a responsibility to refuse to do the procedure.
The plastic surgeons responsibility is to the patient and not the partner. He would refuse surgery if the patient did not want breast surgery and so would I. This is elective surgery and consents are a critical part of the process. Good Luck.
Yes. A patient should want to have any plastic surgery procedure for their own reasons and motivation for self enhancement. Pressure from a partner is the worst scenario and should not be done under any circumstances.