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
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.