Are you thinking to get a little nip/tuck? Every cosmetic surgery success story starts with a successful consultation – involving a one-on-one conversation with your cosmetic surgeon. The patients who ask plenty of questions get the most out of their consultation and often they are more satisfied with their choices and hence they end up making the best ones.
Although there are no wrong questions to ask at a cosmetic surgery consultation, there are some key questions which should be included on your list while meeting with your potential surgeons. These questions will help you to decide whether or not cosmetic surgery is right for you. It will also help you to ensure your safety and appearance is in capable hands. Don’t leave a consultation until you have asked these five vital questions and gotten satisfactory answers to them.
What are your qualifications?
While searching for a surgeon, look for the one who is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. This answers a number of other important questions regarding the surgeon’s experience, training and commitment to patient safety. The frightening truth is that in the US, any licensed physician can legally perform a cosmetic surgery- even a doctor who has never had any training in this field! One of the most effective ways to help you ensure that your cosmetic surgery will be done by a qualified individual in a safe setting is to choose a board certified cosmetic surgeon.
Board certification is not just a status obtained by taking a test; instead it is a testament to having achieved a certain level of experience, training and expertise in the specialty of cosmetic surgery. Those who are board certified by the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery have completed a minimum of 12-month cosmetic surgery fellowship training in all aspects of cosmetic surgery in addition to the surgical residency in a related medical specialty. Further, the ABCS only certify those cosmetic surgeons who perform the procedures in fully accredited, state licensing surgical facilities.
Also ask what kind of training the doctor has in the specific procedure that you are considering to undergo. This is important since you do not want someone whose only training was a one-day or a weekend course.
How often have you done this procedure?
Ideally, you should know how many procedures have been performed by the cosmetic surgeon whom you are considering to do the surgery for you. This is because the number of times the cosmetic surgeon performs the procedure over many years speaks for his skills and experience. This in turn will ensure that you are in safe hands. Also you may ask your cosmetic surgeon about what to expect with the results and can ask them to show the before/after pictures of their patients who had previously got their cosmetic surgeon by them. This will ensure that the surgeon you choose has well-matched to deliver the outcome you desire.
What are the potential risks and complications?
It is quite vital to know the potential risks and complications associated with the cosmetic surgery you are about to undergo. And hence do not hesitate to ask your cosmetic surgeon about the potential risks and complications related to the procedure. If he or she promises you with a risk free procedure then it is a huge red flag since there’s no such thing ever.
Where will the surgery take place?
You should definitely ask this question to the cosmetic surgeon who have chosen to get your procedure or surgery done. You should be either operated on in a hospital or an accredited surgical facility that is an outpatient or ambulatory surgery center. Understand that the accreditation means the facility adheres to the strict safety and quality standards. Ensure that you will not be operated at a medi-spa or a regular unaccredited doctor’s office.
Do you have hospital privileges?
God forbid if something goes wrong, then you may need to be admitted to a hospital. Therefore it is necessary to ask your cosmetic surgeon about the hospital privileges, if you want your doctor to keep treating you himself instead of turning you over to another doctor with no prior knowledge of your case.