Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery Results Can Vary Significantly Between Patients

Every patient is a unique individual and every surgery has unique aspects. Therefore NO TWO SURGICAL procedures or rejuvenation treatments will get the exact same results — even if patients are fairly similar and even if the procedures are performed by the same Plastic Surgeon.
In terms of results and expectations, there are numerous variables with every patient, each surgery and every recovery and healing period.

Before & After photos are NOT guarantees that your results will be the same or even similar: each individual patient’s results will be different.

Before undergoing a surgery procedure or a skin-rejuvenation treatment, please be sure that you understand that YOUR actual results will likely vary SIGNIFICANTLY from other patient’s results. Even when you feel that you look very similar to another patient in their BEFORE images, your results will likely vary significantly, because you are a unique person. Every individual has not only a completely unique physique, but also individualistic body healing capacities, scarring tendencies and recovery processes, some of which are unpredictable even in healthy patients who rest adequately and do all the other right things before and after their procedure.

Complications, risks and scarring are inherent with surgical procedures

Some risks can be managed better than others, but risk cannot be eliminated. All surgery and non-surgery procedures carry potential risks and complications. These include -but are not limited to- bleeding, infection, implant rejection or poor position, poor scar, asymmetry, dissatisfaction with the cosmetic result and the expense of further corrective surgery or treatment to manage a complication. If you have any questions regarding these potential risks and complications please discuss them with Dr. Filatov.

It’s important to know your Surgical and Non-surgical options before you undertake a surgical procedure, and no surgery should be taken lightly.

All surgeries have risks, even when performed by a Certified Plastic Surgeon. Complications are not uncommon and so it is important that you go into a surgery procedure choice with awareness of all of your potential alternatives, as well as potential risks you’ll be consenting to by undergoing a surgery procedure and even a non-surgical rejuvenation procedure such as injectables or fillers.

Cosmetic Surgery and Website Information Disclaimer: Individual Results Can Vary Significantly

  1. GENERAL INFORMATION only is found on the web. Information on procedures and results that are provided via our online and printed materials is often of a general nature.

  2. BEFORE & AFTER PHOTOS of patients depict actual patient results. However, it is important to remember that individual patient results can vary significantly, and that you may get a different type of result than another patient even if you feel you look similar in the “before” photo(s).

  3. Information you view online or in a brochure, including Before & After Surgery images, should be discussed in detail with your Plastic Surgeon — e.g., please clarify the information you read during your Consultation and DO NOT HESITATE to ask ANY and EVERY question you have before consenting to a surgical or non-surgical procedure.

  4. Information on our website, brochures, newsletters and other materials IS NOT A SUBSTITUTE for a personalized, individual consultation that includes a physical examination, history taking, a discussion of the potential risks including potential common complications, pros and cons of various procedural options, and the likely outcome (OUTCOME EXPECTATIONS) of your surgical procedure.

  5. Only an in-person consultation and examination can help your Surgeon to provide you with information about what you, personally, as a unique individual, can expect.

  6. Remember that ALL surgery is likely to produce a lasting, permanent scar — and that it is likely this scar will fade over approximately 12 to 15 months or longer, but that some scars are unpredictable and some skin types are prone to quite pronounced scarring.

  7. It’s important to understand that there are still unpredictable components to all surgery procedures; including exposure to experiencing potential complications (some of which could be life-threatening), unwanted appearance or scarring outcomes and other risks associated with your surgical procedure or non-surgical rejuvenation treatments.

  8. Be sure you are comfortable with ANY and ALL of the potential risks before consenting to Surgery.

  9. Be sure you follow your Surgeon’s pre-op and post-op recommendations for best recovery and procedure outcomes.

  10. Do check your Plastic Surgeon’s qualifications so that you feel comfortable with your Surgeon choice.

  11. Be certain to ask about what YOU can expect from YOUR procedure and your procedure choices; discuss in full the risks involved and decide, for yourself, if you’re actually prepared to risk the potential complications and risks which are inherent with these types of surgical or rejuvenation procedures.

  12. Clarify with your Surgeon whether WHAT YOU WANT or EXPECT from your procedure(s) is:  (a) realistic, (b) achievable, (c) suitable for your body type or health conditions.

  13. It is very important for Surgery patients that you are a definite NON-SMOKER - not even a social smoker.

  14. Plan well for your surgery, healing and recovery time, as well as your surgery payment options.

General information about procedures MAY NOT APPLY to you – there are many variables to Surgery procedures and no two patients or surgeries are precisely the same

Information of a general nature, such as is published on this website, does not take into account personal medical history and individual circumstances.

As such, this website is not intended to be a substitute for, and cannot replace, the advice obtained in a professional consultation with a Plastic Surgeon.

Prior to making a decision on a plastic, reconstructive or cosmetic surgery procedure, an in-person Consultation is absolutely necessary and essential. During the consultation, you and your surgeon will discuss YOUR specific needs, your choices in relation to a specific procedure as well as alternative treatments, and the surgical risks including possible complications of the procedure you are interested in having performed.

Healing is unpredictable and there can be complications

Healing is an imprecise and sometimes unpredictable process, even with prioritizing post-op patient care excellence. Due to the unpredictable nature of healing and the uniqueness of each patient, we cannot guarantee specific surgical results from procedures.

External website links are not endorsements and are outside of our control.

Please note also that any hyperlinks found on our web pages or brochures or e-Newsletters or other materials, which link to external websites are NOT endorsements of those websites nor of the content on those websites. External websites are well beyond our control and were provided only in that as of that time, the information or website might have been helpful or interesting to potential patients at the time the link was created.

If you have any questions about our Disclaimers, Procedures, Recovery Protocols or Before & After Photos please don’t hesitate to phone us at (250) 562-3733

We look forward to assisting you with your surgical and appearance rejuvenation choices.


My family doctor referred me to Dr.Filatov as I was unable to close my right eye. I had a gold plate eyelid implant done. Each time i have been to see him it has been great, and the receptionist has been awesome. Dr.Filatov has a very good bedside manner, and I highly recommend him for anyone who needs surgery. He took great care and explained what had to be done. I am going back for a check up this week and will certainly go back to him if I need anything else done. For a specialist in particular I had a good experience.
- J.W.
I recently had blepharoplasty surgery and my family doctor recommended Dr. Filatov. I received excellent care from Dr. Filatov and his staff. Dr. Filatov took the time to explain the procedure, showing me videos and answering all my questions both before and after the surgery. I am extremely pleased wit the results and would recommend Dr. Filatov to anyone who is considering this surgery.
- S.D.
I had my nose broken in school and I had a bump and needed my septum repaired. Being a 16 year old girl your face is pretty important. I was sent to Dr. Filatov and I am so grateful to have had him as a doctor. Not only was the staff amazing, but he made me feel so comfortable and he explained the whole surgery to me during the appointment and right before the surgery. He answered all of the questions that my parents and I had. He took great care of me before and after the surgery, great bedside manor. I not only can breathe through my nose again, but i have no visible scarring and I feel a lot better about myself. I highly suggest him as a doctor, especially a plastic surgeon. Thank you so much Dr. Filatov.
- R.S.
I recently had eyelid reduction surgery with a brow lift. Dr. Filatov was very informative, took the time to explain the surgery and the desired out come. He was courteous and punctual. His staff was awesome! All my questions were answered with out unrealistic expectations. My surgery went well and he checked in on me about a half hour after the surgery to make sure he had the desired result. I can't believe the difference in my eyes! They look fantastic! I know many people who have had different types of surgery all concerning cranial and facial areas, I have not found who has not said he has done a excellent job on their surgeries! I highly recommend Dr. Filatov to anybody I know needing cosmetic or ENT surgeries. If I ever need any further surgery in the future I will definitely be seeing Dr.Filatov. My results from my surgery were awesome! Thanks again Dr. Filatov.
- L.M.
Very informed and forthcoming. His dedication an thoroughness are always apparent, a doctor who does not rest on his laurels. I have visited Dr. Filatov on three occasions and have always had a total confidence in his diagnostic protocols and medical procedure. Given the flow-through of patients is very high in any specialist's practice, Dr Filatov is cautious and thorough, never rushing me out the door. Wish this fellow could give lessons to various & numerous GP's about bedside manner, they would do well to follow his example.
- B.V.
Dr. Filatov provided me with everything I hoped for and more. I had an accident in 2005 and broke the right side of my face. This left me with a titanium eye plate, a titanium cheek and a fractured jaw in three places. After suffering for years with a loss of confidence about me scarring for years, and after enduring excruciating pain in my eye and cheek which often left me debilitated with massive headaches, who knew a simple procedure could eliminate so many of my concerns. My scarring is unnoticeable except upon a close inspection. And even better, my headaches have virtually disappeared! Thank you so much, Dr. Filatov. And I would be amiss to overlook his excellent assistant Julie, who warmly guided me along from my first enquiry to the post surgery follow-up. I highly recommend Dr. Filatov for his expertise.
- M.J.
In December 2012 Dr. Filatov changed my life for the good :) I had many ugly scars on my face and he just started doing laser treatments in his office, so he offered to do my face at NO COST. Not many surgeons out there will offer free service like that, but he did! He to HIS time and costs of this laser machine to help ME! He really truly is a kind hearted gentleman, and knowledgeable in the procedures and consults he does. I had two treatments done on my face and even though the scars are not totally gone there is a remarkable difference for the better. He made me feel very comfortable, and even took my email when he went away on holidays to make sure I was healing properly. He also called my home over the holidays to check in with me as well, now tell me is that a man that doesn't care about his patients? He is our ONLY ENT in Prince George and it can be very overwhelming as he has a family and a life as well.
- K.C.
I was referred to dr filatov due to many years of sinus problems. I had ablarge hump and major deviation to the left. My nose was very crooked and it impaired my breathing, taste, and smell. I found dr filatov to be very professional, straight forward, and at times blunt. However, i appreciate honesty and forwardness from a surgeon. Dr filatov took the time to ask me many questions and i found him to be meticulous in his examinations. I need to be able to trust a surgeon, especially when operating on something so noticable (being self conscious to start). After a lot of research into cost, skill, education, knowledge, and results dr filatov's extensive education made me feel confident in his abilities (even when bedside manner is lacking). We are all human beings with good and bad days. I did not encounter bad bedside manner, his forwardness and blunt answers were anticipated most surgeons have people skills lacking...thats what you get when you have your nose in the books becoming a dr. His staff are empathetic, helpful, and easy to approach. I was terrified before surgery, so very happy i went for it. 2 weeks post op and i look amazing. Better than i anticipated. I was told by the nurse he took over 3 hours in the operating room with me. He anticipated an hour to hour and a half. That tells me he went above and beyond to ensure the reults were the best possible. What other surgeon operates out of the kindness of their heart? Thank you dr filatov for giving me confidence that i did not have before!

All surgical and non-surgical results are subject to the individualities of the patient and the normal variability of clinical procedure results. The results may vary from person to person. For more information, review our full disclaimer