Have you considered plastic surgery but were too intimidated to start the process? There are two very important steps to take initially. The first is to choose the right plastic surgeon and the second is to ask the right questions. Anyone with a medical degree and a valid license to practice medicine can call themselves a plastic surgeon. Do you want someone who specializes in hip replacement doing your abdominoplasty or performing your face lift? You need to do your research to ensure a positive outcome.
So how do you make sure the doctor you are interested in is really a plastic surgeon and not just a doctor performing plastic surgeries? Check whether he or she has a plastic surgeon’s certification and experience. You can check with the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) online at Abplsurg to verify their status. It should be a warning sign to look somewhere else if your surgeon is not a member.
What type of training do plastic surgeons certified through ABPS have? How does their training differ from that of non-members? At the bare minimum, they must have completed a 2 or 3 year training program in cosmetic plastic surgery from an approved medical institution. Board certified plastic surgeons are qualified to perform plastic, reconstructive, cosmetic or aesthetic surgery.
Once you have chosen a qualified surgeon, the next step is your first visit to his or her office. During your visit, you most likely will be asked to fill out your medical history for the surgeon to review. He or she will ask you a series of questions, but most of this first visit should be you asking a number of important questions of your own. There are some standard questions you should ask during your first plastic surgery consultation.
This is a comprehensive list of questions to ask your surgeon. How often have you performed this type of plastic surgery procedure? Where will my surgery be performed? Are there any medical tests that need to be performed prior to the procedure, and are they included in the pricing? Approximately how long will my surgery take? What kind of anesthesia will be used? Are there any potential side effects, and if so, how have you dealt with them? What type of pain should I expect and what medications are used to treat it? Are the benefits of this procedure permanent? How long after surgery can I return to work? When can I resume normal activities like exercise, sex, etc.? How many check-ups will I have with the doctor after surgery?
However, there are some instances when plastic surgery can be performed by doctors who are not certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. These are typically doctor-specific procedures, such as having eyelid surgery done by an ophthalmologist. You also need to know what will happen if an emergency should occur. Are there resources available to deal with the situation quickly? Cosmetic surgery is a serious elective medical procedure, so doing your research prior to going under the knife only makes sense.