What To Ask Your Plastic Surgeon Before Plastic Surgery
The key to having successful results with plastic surgery is to have an open line of communication with your plastic surgeon. At your initial consultation, it is important to address all of your questions so that both you and your surgeon can assess whether plastic surgery is the best route for you, and if so what procedures will work for your case. The more you know before having surgery, the better as this will ensure that you know what to expect at every step of the way so that ultimately you will be more satisfied with your results. As a guide to what you should be getting answers to, the following are some of the most important questions that you should ask at your initial consultation.
- What certifications do you have?
The most important question you should be asking is what qualifications your surgeon has. Where they studied, and if they belong to and medical boards, for example, are important things to look into. There are hundreds of supposed plastic surgeons practising all over the world who don’t even have so much as a medical degree. Don’t be fooled by a fancy website or office space. Make sure that you are absolutely certain that your surgeon has the correct credentials to perform your procedure.
- How often have you performed the surgery I’m looking to have?
Practice makes perfect. The more often your doctor has performed the procedure you’re looking to have, the more likely you are to have successful results. Most plastic surgeons specialise in a certain type of plastic surgery. You’d be wise to choose such a surgeon for your plastic surgery so that you know that they have experience with different body types and that they will be up to date on the latest techniques. In the same light, look into your doctor’s success and failure rates and ask to see before and after pictures. This will help you to be sure that your doctor is equipped to give you the aesthetic results that you are looking for.
- What kind of anaesthesia will be used, and who will administer it?
The type of anaesthesia that is used will depend on the procedure and your case. Knowing what kind of anaesthetic you’ll be receiving will help you to prepare for what to expect as side effects of the anaesthetic. It is very important that you know that the person administering the anaesthetic is a certified anaesthesiologist for obvious reasons.
- What should I expect during and after the procedure?
Deciding if you want surgery in the first place will largely depend on whether or not you feel you can manage the recovery process at this point in your life. Knowledge is power, and so you should understand what your procedure entails, and what the risks that accompany it are to help you make an informed decision.
It is important to know how much time recovery will take away from your normal life. For example, will it affect your work, exercise, childcare or any other activity you have in daily life? Make sure that you are fully aware of the exact things you will and won’t be allowed to do after surgery, and for how long. If after receiving this information you feel like now is not the time for the procedure, share this with your doctor, as there may be a less invasive procedure that can be performed to help you achieve your aesthetic goals.
Beyond these questions, there are many other things that you should ask; like the price of the procedure, were it will be performed, how long the results will last, and what your options are if you are unhappy with the final results. Do your research and don’t be shy to ask as many questions as you need to at your consultation.