6 Questions you MUST ask your Plastic Surgeon before surgery


Plastic surgery is on the rise and so are the number of patients who receive bad results. A lot of time doctors and patients are not on the same page with realistic goals or patients are not educated enough to know what procedure is right for them. Having open communication with your plastic surgeon will help you to achieve the best results and will help you work together to achieve more realistic goals.  Asking these questions are a MUST before you undergo any type of plastic surgery to assistance you in attaining the greatest results possible:

1.       Are you board certified? This is one of the most crucial questions to ask your plastic surgeon. Proof that your surgeon is well qualified is to do your surgery is if they are board certified by either the American Board of Plastic Surgery or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Board certified means that they had to undergo five years of training and numerous examinations. You can check to see if your surgeon is certified here: https://www.certificationmatters.org/is-your-doctor-board-certified/search-now.aspx


2.       Am I a good candidate for this procedure? Many patients may want a specific procedure that they think will be a good fit for them, however before running the risk of a procedure not taking or turning out badly the best thing to do is to ask your doctor first. Ask your doctor for more specifics to see if you qualify or what you need to accomplish to be qualified for the operation. There are usually certain qualifications of a good candidate for each operation. Make sure your surgeon knows what those qualifications are before going under the knife.  


3.       How many times have you performed this procedure? The ideal number your surgeon has done a specific procedure should be a hundred or more per year. Saying no to surgeons doing the procedure for the first or even tenth time would be the right decision. You want a surgeon who has become an expert on that procedure so you can relax knowing that your results should be exactly what you are wanting.


4.       Will you show me some before and after pictures of patients that you have previously performed this surgery on? Any true expert physician should have a copy of these pictures at their practice or on their website. Make sure you insist on seeing these photos not only for proof of their expertise but also every surgeon is different. You may not like how one surgeon does a procedure compared to another. Seeing these pictures will help you to decide if this is the type of outcome you are looking for.


5.       Are there any risks and/or complications to this procedure? Knowing the risks or complications to a specific surgery might make it easier for you to find the right fit. There are many procedures out there that have minimal risks or even non-surgical alternatives so be sure to ask your doctor about all your options. There is also no absolute guarantee of any surgery. Be sure to notify your doctor of all medications you are currently taking and any known allergies.


6.       How long of a recovery period should I expect, and what type of help will I need during my recovery time? Preparing for surgery can feel overwhelming and scary if you are unsure as to what to expect. Knowing your recovery time and what type of help you will need will calm your nerves and put you more in control. These factors will also assist you in deciding what is right for you and your body.



* Don’t be intimidated to get a second opinion. The value of ensuring you get the results you want is all in good preparation and ensuring that you’re comfortable with who is doing the work.  A second opinion will help you to compare prices so you know you are getting the best treatment for your dollar and will help if both doctors agree that a certain surgery is right for you.  Sometimes a quick search online for reviews of different surgeons and their patients results can tell you everything you need to know about who you’re letting operate on you. 



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