During A Consultation
When you set up a consultation with a plastic surgeon to discuss a surgical procedure, you want to ensure that it’s a success. Asking the right questions is the best way to make certain that it is. The consultation offers the opportunity to get all the details you can about the procedure and find out if the plastic surgeon is right for you. Let’s take a look at the best questions to ask a plastic surgeon during a consultation.
Preparing For Your Consultation
Before going to your consultation, you want to make sure that the surgeon you are meeting with is fully trained, and is board certified in Plastic Surgery. Certification means that the surgeon has met the standards relating to training and experience, and is suitably qualified to perform plastic surgery on the face and body. Ideally, the surgeon should also be a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). Once you’ve confirmed their certification, here is a list of the best questions to ask a plastic surgeon during a consultation:
How experienced are you in performing the procedure I want done?
Choosing an experienced surgeon increases your chance of gaining optimal results. Be sure to ask your surgeon for ‘before’ and ‘after’ photos of patients that he/she has done the procedure on. This should give you a good idea of the type of results to expect. Also, don’t be afraid to ask if you can talk to another patient. A good surgeon would be more than happy to facilitate this.
What are the important things I need to know about the procedure?
Ask all the relevant questions about the procedure. Find out if there are things you need to do before having surgery. Ask about the type of anesthesia, where the incisions will be placed; find out if the scars will be visible, and also ask to view the surgery center where the operation will be performed.
How will surgery be performed?
Some procedures can be performed using a variety of different techniques. It’s important to find out which option the plastic surgeon will be using, and why.
What are the potential risks and complications?
There are inherent risks with any surgical procedure, regardless of how experienced the surgeon may be. Be sure to ask what those risks are, as well as any possible complications, regardless of how rare they may be.
What is recovery like?
It’s important to known the duration of the typical recovery time; the type of symptoms to expect during this period, as well as the amount of time off you will need from work.
How much will it cost?
Find out the total cost of the procedure. This should include any additional fees for things such as lab tests, anesthesia, and operating room supplies.
What should I expect after surgery?
You want to make certain that the surgical option will deliver the results you are looking for. Share your expectations and take note of the feedback that you get from the surgeon. This will assist you in deciding whether or not they are the right surgeon to help you achieve your aesthetic goals. Also, be sure to find out how soon you are likely to see the final results.
Make sure that you feel comfortable with the doctor, and also with the nurses and other team members you come in contact with. Take time to confirm that the plastic surgeon understands what your concerns and goals are, and can tailor a plan to help you achieve them. Having said all this, it’s important to trust your instincts. If you don’t feel completely safe and satisfied about having the procedure done by the surgeon, don’t hesitate to set up consultations with other surgeons.