What to ask your doctor before considering plastic surgery

What to ask your doctor before considering plastic surgery

Are you thinking about getting a little nip or tuck? Before going under the knife it is important that you are thoroughly informed about everything that concerns the surgery and the doctor who will perform the procedure. Here is a list of ten critical questions you should ask your cosmetic surgeon before you have plastic surgery.

1.)What are your qualifications and are you board certified?

Before undergoing plastic surgery it is pertinent that you ascertain the credentials of your plastic surgeon. Ensure that they went to a reputable training institution and they have all the necessary qualifications. Also ensure that the plastic surgeon you choose is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and are specifically trained for plastic surgery. This is because board certified plastic surgeons only practice in accredited medical facilities and furthermore they also follow a strict code of ethics.

2.)What is your level of experience in the type of procedure I want done on me?

Apart from the qualifications and board certifications, it is also important to know how many procedures of the same type they have performed. It is advisable to settle for a plastic surgeon who has vast experience and has mastered the surgery you want performed. An experienced surgeon has higher chances of delivering great results.

3.)Is there any other alternative that I can opt for apart from surgery and still achieve my desired results?

Sometimes people settle on plastic surgery because they are ignorant about other alternatives that are safer and less invasive as compared to plastic surgery. Ask your surgeon whether your problem can be resolved without performing an invasive surgery. By asking this question you will be able to find out whether you can still achieve your desired results using non-surgical treatments. Ask about the risk and benefits of all the viable alternatives as this will help you make an informed decision.

4.)What preparations should I make before the surgery?

Every surgery has a set of regulations that you are required to adhere to before surgery to ensure the desired results are achieved. Such preparations can include quitting alcohol and tobacco consumption or losing a specified amount of weight. Sometimes there are even medications that you may be required to take prior to the surgery. Ensure that you inform your plastic surgeon of any medications that you are presently consuming whether they are dietary supplements, vitamins or over the counter drugs.

5.)What are potential risks of this surgery?

Every surgery has some level risk so ensure you know every possible complication that can occur during or after the surgery. After knowing the risks, weigh the benefits of the procedure against the potential complications and side effects. Is the desired result worth taking the risk? Knowing every potential complication and side effects helps you make an informed decision. Essentially, having a thorough understanding of the potential complications and side effects helps you know exactly what you are getting to. Some common complications and side effects associated with plastic surgery procedures include nausea, vomiting, pain, blood clots and infection.

6.)How do I effectively manage potential post-surgical side effect such as pain, bleeding and vomiting?

Ask your surgeon about how you can manage any potential complications and side effects after the surgery. Also ensure that you talk to your cosmetic surgeon about the possibility of administering medication to help deal with the symptoms. Additionally, find out whether the medication will have any unpleasant side effects as this will help you decide whether to take the medication or not. Some common medications administered after plastic surgery include drugs to reduce nausea and pain relievers.

7.)In case of complications, how will they be handled and will I incur any extra costs?

Find out how and who will deal with potential surgical complications and whether you will incur additional costs to deal with the resulting complications.

8.)How long is the recovery period and what should I do to ensure a quick recovery?

Surgeries have different recovery periods therefore talk to your doctor to confirm how long it will take to heal completely. Your surgeon should be able to give you an estimate o how long it will take to recover and also advise you on what kind of help you might require to avoid overextending yourself before recovery.

9.)After how long can I resume my normal daily routine and go back to work?

Finding out what you may not be able to do during the first days, weeks and months after surgery will help you make prior arrangements so that you have sufficient recovery time.

10.)How and where will my surgery be performed?

Find out details about the surgery such as the specific techniques that the surgeon will employ. Some surgical procedures have multiple techniques. Talk to your surgeon about choosing a technique that is best for you. If possible, select a minimally invasive technique because such techniques may mean less time under anesthesia and also have fewer side effects and potential complications. Also ascertain where the surgery will be performed. For safety, it is advisable to ensure that your surgery is performed in an accredited physician’s surgery centre where a board certified anesthesiologist is present throughout the entire surgery.