WHC is excited to be able to offer Sculpsure laser body sculpting in Chicago’s loops. The doctors and staff of WHC are loving how are bodies are transforming and restoring. You will too! Call us today to schedule a free consult. Dial extension 7.
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- Is it medically sound? – Is it safe? Is it effective? Let’s evaluate the data! (It is, by the way.)
- Is it financially sound? – The issues surrounding health care in this nation are no secret, and a “cure” is nowhere in sight. Administrative and financial burdens placed on physicians are increasing, while insurance reimbursements for our services are decreasing. We love our patients, but we can’t help them if we go out of business. Is there a demand for this? (Overwhelmingly, yes.) Can we afford this? Can we afford not to?
- Is it ethical? – Is it within our scope of expertise? (Yes.) Are we going to be telling patients they need to have it done because there is something wrong with them or so that they can conform to some societal “standard of beauty?” (No way, that is heinous and gross.) Is it Anti-Feminist to offer an informed patient a safe option to alter the appearance of her body if she so desires? No, quite the contrary. And here’s why:
As OB/GYN physicians, we have dedicated our life’s work to care for the health and well-being of our female patients. Women of all stages of their reproductive lives walk through our doors, and we openly welcome everyone, regardless of age, race, religion, sexuality, education, political viewpoint, or how you take your coffee. We are expressly qualified to evaluate and select treatment plans suited to each individual’s unique needs and goals, optimizing safety and efficacy while minimizing harm. Furthermore, as “vagina doctors,” we have seen and heard it all. Beyond contraception, pregnancy, diseases, infections, and tumors, patients view their OBGYN as the one doctor, more than any other provider, with whom they feel most comfortable also discussing more emotionally sensitive topics such as their sex lives or the look of their bodies.
Our patients routinely request recommendations not only for ways to maximize their internal health, but also for ways to achieve aesthetic-related desires. We get frequent requests for birth-control pills to treat acne, topical creams or pills to minimize dark facial hair, and inquiries on pubic hair removal techniques. We also have countless patients asking for guidance on what they can do about “the bulges and sags” – areas of the body that are a result of age, pregnancy, genetics, or other adventures along the way. Nutritious diet and regular exercise have always been, and will always continue to be, the mainstay of our advice for optimizing good health. However, for many women, diet and exercise efforts alone have been insufficient in achieving the outcome they want for their bodies.
For patients who express a desire to pursue additional means to obtain these goals, we now provide the option of SculpSure laser lipolysis, a safe and effective non-invasive option for body-contouring. As with everything we offer, patients come through our doors seeking sound advice and expertise, and it is our duty to fully inform and educate our patients regarding the details, risks, benefits, and alternatives to the proposed plan, regardless if it’s a contraceptive device, a hysterectomy, or an aesthetic procedure. If our patients seek care beyond what we are able to provide, we are happy to refer to trusted colleagues. We know that an informed patient is an empowered patient.
Is it Anti-Feminist to offer this procedure? Absolutely not. Sexy, confident, and beautiful all come from within. We are champions of women, and we are passionate about encouraging women to accept the strong and wondrous marvel that is the human body. We firmly believe that a woman’s worth is more than her appearance, and we ALSO respect a woman’s autonomy to choose to alter her appearance. We are strong advocates for our patients’ rights to make informed decisions about their own lives and bodies and to not have their decisions used against them. At Women’s Health Consulting, we are happy to be a trusted resource for our patients and a safe space to discuss any concerns and desires, body-contouring or otherwise, without fear of criticism or judgement.
“I am absolutely of the view that, as a society, we have much to do to tackle the objectification and self-esteem issues that afflict young women in particular. But I think we have to do it through dialogue and discussion with young women (and young men) who are ever-more prone to the looks culture. … Condemning individuals for decisions they take to compete in a culture they themselves didn’t create is counterproductive and harmful, even if those decisions are ones we regard as medically unnecessary and politically distasteful. To me, the huge value of feminism has been the life-affirming value of women supporting each other in their choices. It is about understanding more, condemning less.” -Angela Neustatter, “I’m a feminist and I’ve had cosmetic surgery. Why is that a problem?” for The Guardian.