Although most patients experience no issues during or after surgery, there are always exceptions. After all, it is surgery, and there are always risks. Before scheduling an interview with a plastic surgeon, consider some basic questions.
Of course, you expect to look better after surgery, but remain realistic. Don’t bring a photo of famous model or actress to the surgeon and say you want to look like her. Plastic surgery isn’t going to magically transform your looks or your life. Procedures improve your appearance, but don’t make the mistake of thinking everything will be perfect once you have some work done. Life isn’t like that.
Do your research and find the best doctor in your area for the particular procedure you plan to undergo. That is not necessarily the plastic surgeon running the flashiest ads. You definitely want a physician certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Read patient reviews on websites, and friends who have undergone similar work for recommendations. Ask the doctor how many times she has done this procedure. You want someone who has performed the surgery successfully on hundreds or thousands of patients. You’ll require follow-up visits, so keep that in mind when choosing a doctor. You don’t want to travel extensively for these appointments, unless time and money aren’t an issue.
Your surgery will take place either in a hospital or the surgeon’s ambulatory surgery center. Make sure the facility is accredited, and there are safeguards in place in case of a worst-case scenario. Actual surgery, for which you receive anesthesia, should never take place in an ordinary doctor’s office or “medi-spa.”
Depending on the procedure, recuperation can take a few weeks. Choosing a date that fits in with your optimal recovery schedule and the surgeon’s timetable isn’t always easy. You will need someone to help you once you’re home, and you may need to make work and childcare arrangements. Finding a good stretch of time that fits in with everyone’s schedule may get complicated.
Make sure you can deal with any risk factors. Your doctor should have your medical history, in case something in your background increases your risk.
Asking and finding suitable answers to these questions not only makes you a more informed consumer, but increases the odds you’ll enjoy the results of your surgery.
If you or someone you know would like to learn more about plastic surgery, please feel free to schedule a consultation or contact one of our representatives today!