Five Questions to Ask Surgeons Before Getting Cosmetic Surgery
Posted September 01, 2012 in All Posts
For most, the decision to get cosmetic surgery is often the result of many months or even years of consideration. However, after you’ve made your choice, being fully informed of the steps involved and the surgeons’ qualifications is essential.
The following five questions are things that you should consider asking surgeons before going through with plastic surgery.
How Much Experience Do the Surgeons Have?
Plastic surgery success is dependent upon your surgeon’s experience and training. Never be afraid to question potential surgeons about their education, accomplishments, professional memberships and past experience with the specific procedure you want. Qualified surgeons will not mind answering any questions you have.
Do They Have any Before and After Pictures?
After asking cosmetic surgeons about their experience with your desired procedure, request to see several before and after photos of other patients who have had the same surgery. Examine the images closely for signs of photo editing.
How Safe is this Plastic Surgery Procedure?
Some people are concerned with the safety of surgical procedures, and for good reason. With any surgery, there are potential risks and complications that could arise during and following the procedure. A good surgeon will inform you of all of the risks and potential complications and what he/she will do to reduce that risk to you. Ask questions and request clarification if anything confuses you at any time.
How Much will the Procedure Cost?
Cost is a factor for many Americans, especially during the current economic climate. It’s not just the cost of the procedure that you should be aware of; there are other costs, such as after-care and downtime from work during the recovery process. Some surgeons offer financing, so find out about the different payment options available. In some situations, your insurance may cover a portion of the procedure.
What Type of Aftercare is Involved?
Finally, qualified surgeons will offer extensive aftercare, which will include pain medication, monitoring and dressing changes. Additionally, you should receive instructions on what to do in case of an emergency or complication at home and how to care for yourself after the surgery.
Following the above tips will help you select the right surgeon for your cosmetic surgery procedure and receive the best care possible. Also, don’t forget to follow your instinct about a doctor. If you don’t particularly like the surgeon you’re speaking with, it’s not likely you’ll feel comfortable during the procedure.