Have you been thinking about doing a cosmetic surgery procedure but do not know where to start? Do you search online? Get some referrals or recommendations? Choosing the right plastic surgeon takes a lot of time and it can be confusing when weeding out the good ones from the bad ones. Doing research for the perfect plastic surgeon can be daunting and overwhelming, but an article from the Health News Digest broke it down to six questions you should ask when considering cosmetic surgery.
Things You Should Ask When Searching for a Potential Plastic Surgeon
“Who’s your surgeon?
Personal recommendations are important. Ask friends for referrals if they have gotten a similar procedure. Get opinions from your family doctor and other doctor acquaintances. Surgical technicians and operating room nurses are an excellent source for information about a surgeon’s skill in the operating room.
What is the surgeon’s area of expertise?
Ask what kind of training the doctor has in the specific procedure you’re considering – you don’t want someone whose only training was a one-day or weekend course.
How often have you done this procedure?
It seems obvious that nobody would want to be any surgeon’s first liposuction. Ideally, your doctor has done the same procedure hundreds of times, over many years.
What are to potential risks and complications?
Every surgery carries some risk, some of which are common to all surgery. The most serious risks usually have to do with excessive blood loss, infection, or adverse reactions to general anesthesia. There are some procedures that are riskier than others, although recent advances continue to make complications more and more unlikely. Since plastic surgery is elective, surgeons will usually refuse to operate on any patient for whom they feel the risk is too great.
Do you have hospital privileges?
Even if you’re having a plastic surgery procedure at an outpatient clinic, it’s worth asking where the doctor has hospital privileges, because hospitals do background checks. Plus, this could become very important if anything unexpected should occur during your procedure, and you were to need to be transported to a hospital.
Are you allowed to see before and after pictures of other patients?
It is vital to see many before and after photos from your plastic surgeon in order to evaluate the work that he or she has performed. These photos should subsequently be placed either on the doctor’s web site in galleries or albums in order for patients to review during consultation. Also, make sure to ask if the photos shown to you are pictures of actual patients of that particular surgeon and not stock images.”
Also, one red flag would be if a plastic surgeon takes you in immediately as a patient and didn’t take the time to ask about your medical history. Another is if you propose something that is complicated or unrealistic and the surgeon will automatically consent instead turning you down or offering alternatives.
Dr. Seify Can Help You with Those Questions
With Dr. Seify, he takes great care to answer any questions and concerns to make sure we are the right fit for a potential patient. We like to build a great rapport with each patient and are aware that we have to treat each patient individually. If you want to see if we can be the right choice, call Dr. Seify to set up an appointment for a consultation.