For anyone considering aesthetic surgery, the consultation process is a great time to gain a comprehensive understanding of the procedure you are interested in, as well as to attempt to establish a strong connection with your prospective doctor to ensure he or she is the right plastic surgeon for you. To help you do this, here are a few questions you should ask your plastic surgeon before moving forward with treatment:
- Are you certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery?
- How often do you perform the procedure I’m seeking?
- Where will the procedure be performed? (If not in a hospital, ask if the facility is accredited by the American Association for the Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF).)
- How will you perform the procedure based on my specific needs and goals?
- Will anesthesia be needed? (If so, what type and who will administer it?)
- What do I need to do to prepare for treatment?
- What can I expect in regard to recovery and/or downtime?
- What kind of care do you provide after treatment?
- May I view before-and-after photos of previous patients?
By asking these questions, you should be well on your way to getting a good sense as to whether or not you are comfortable proceeding with treatment from a prospective surgeon. If you would still like more information, you should never be reluctant to ask additional questions (or express any concerns) that come to mind. Your doctor should be completely forthcoming with you, and if for any reason you feel uneasy about the information he or she provides, don’t hesitate keep looking around for a better fit. In the end, total trust, strong communication, and the skill/experience of your plastic surgeon are critical to achieving an optimal outcome—no matter the aesthetic treatment or procedure you desire.
For more information, or if you would like to schedule a consultation with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons, please feel free to contact 740 Park Plastic Surgery online or by phone today.