Plastic surgery is an important decision. Laying the groundwork for a successful procedure starts with your consultation, where you’ll have time to meet with your potential surgeon (or members of their team) and get your questions answered. A few questions to ask include:
- Am I a good candidate for this procedure?
- Are there treatments other than surgery that might work just as well or better for me?
- How many times have you done this procedure and what were the results?
- Can you share before and after photos or diagrams to help me understand the procedure?
- Can the desired effect be accomplished in one procedure, or do you anticipate multiple procedures?
- Will the results be permanent? If not, how long will they last?
- What are the possible complications?
- How long of a recovery period can I expect?
- How much will the procedure cost?
- What type of anesthetic will be used? How will it affect me?
- What are your qualifications, and are you board-certified in plastic surgery?
Board-certified plastic surgeons have demonstrated a high level of training and education. Certification can only be awarded by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is only given after the surgeon finishes a formal residency in Plastic Surgery and passes both a written and oral examination. Continuing education programs are also required to maintain their certification.
It’s also important to keep in mind that you get what you pay for. Plastic surgery is not typically covered by insurance (exceptions may include breast reconstruction), but your appearance is not a place that you want to cut corners or search for bargain-prices. Many plastic surgeons offer financing options such as CareCredit or PatientFi to help you reach your goals.
After your surgery, be patient with your results. It can take time for swelling and bruising to resolve and even longer (weeks or months) for your body to settle into its new shape. Your plastic surgeon will provide specific aftercare instructions depending on your procedure and other factors specific to your situation. Following those directions is essential to ensure a smooth recovery. If you have questions before your scheduled follow-up visit, your plastic surgeon or a member of their team should be happy to help answer them.
To learn more about what to expect before, during and after your surgery, schedule a consultation today or call our office at (219) 500-5766!