5 Questions to Ask Your Plastic Surgeon

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Are you considering getting plastic surgery?

It’s not an easy choice to make. You need to be sure you find a plastic surgeon you trust.

It’s tricky. But once you have all those ducks in a row, you can nail those pre-surgery questions to your plastic surgeon. Here’s a quick guide to get you started!

  1. How Much Experience Does the Surgeon Have With the Procedure?

Inquire how long the physician has been practising plastic surgery. Check the surgeon’s experience with the cosmetic procedure you are considering. Get more insight into their credentials and qualifications.

Inquire further about how many of the same procedures they have performed in the past. Check what setting, be that hospitals, private clinics, and/or outpatient surgery centres.

When possible, ask to see before and after pictures of previous patients. Read up on patient testimonials to get an even better understanding of the surgeon.

  1. What Safety Measures Does the Surgeon Take?

Ask how often is the operating room inspected for upkeep and quality. Are the staff in the operating room certified in performing this type of plastic surgery? Does the patient receive a pre and post-operative medical assessment?

Does the surgeon offer any form of liability insurance in the case of a complication? Does the surgeon take any extra steps toward protecting a patient’s medical privacy?

The answers to these questions should give you the knowledge they need. It’ll help you feel safe and secure with your choice of a plastic surgeon.

  1. What are the Potential Risks and Benefits of the Procedure?

Questions like “What are some of the common side effects?” and “What is the recovery like after the operation?” are important for understanding the risks of the surgical procedure.

Additionally, ask about how likely it is to achieve your desired results. Along with the potential risks involved, check out the benefits that may result.

Your surgeon should be able to provide a general overview of what you can expect as a result of the procedure. Read about eyelid surgery by Dr. Nassif for an overview. 

  1. How Long is the Recovery Time?

One of the most important questions to ask your plastic surgeon before any surgery is, “how long is the recovery time?”. This will help you plan accordingly for any absences from school or work. It will also provide an idea of when you’ll be able to resume your normal activities.

Inquire about the length of your hospital stay. Check for any restrictions in activities during your recovery period. It’s likely that you’ll be given instructions for at-home care to help ensure your proper recovery.

Make sure to go over all the instructions with your surgeon beforehand. Ask about the medications prescribed and how they’ll interact with your recovery.

  1. What Anesthesia Options are Available?

Ask your plastic surgeon to explain each type of anesthesia. Request for them to discuss what they feel is the best choice for your procedure.

Inquire about the differences between general, local, and sedation anesthesia. Some surgeries require a combination of both general and local anesthesia.

Other things to consider would be the level of experience with each type of anesthesia. Does the same anesthesiologist administer all types? How will the anesthesia be administered?

Important Questions to Ask Your Plastic Surgeon

If you’re considering plastic surgery, ask the right questions to get the best results. Do your research, ask your plastic surgeon questions, and trust your instincts.

Have the right information to ensure a successful and satisfactory outcome. Don’t hesitate to ask questions! Check out our page today for more tips!