The plastic surgery consultation offers an excellent opportunity to learn more about the procedure or procedures you’re considering. But more than that, it’s a chance to get to know more about the plastic surgeon’s background and training. Some of the most important questions are often left unasked during this meeting. If you’re considering any type of cosmetic enhancement treatment, here are some of the questions a qualified surgeon hopes you’ll ask:
1. Are you board-certified to perform this procedure?
Surgeons who are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery have had extensive training and passed rigorous testing to achieve this goal. The strict requirements to maintain this certification also help to keep physicians at the top of their field.
2. How many procedures like this do you perform each year? How many each day?
Pay attention to how your plastic surgeon discusses his experience. Do they evade the question or play it down? Some practices operate like a factory assembly line—you should never be rushed through in an unsafe manner. On the other hand, rarely completing a treatment may mean the physician is “out of practice.”
3. Can I see before-and-after photos of previous patients for this procedure?
Seeing recent plastic surgery before-and-after photos is an essential part of selecting the right plastic surgeon for your needs and goals. If the pictures seem fishy—if they appear retouched, have different backgrounds, or use unhelpful angles or lighting—it may be time to cross that physician off your list. Your surgeon may also be able to provide you with contact information for previous patients, so you may speak to them about their experience.
4. Will anesthesia be administered by a board certified anesthesiologist?
You want the team working on you to be just as skilled and experienced as your plastic surgeon, which is why it’s important that a board certified anesthesiologist be present and involved throughout the duration of your procedure, as well as immediately after recovery.
5. What will happen if I’m not satisfied with my results?
The most important thing to listen for is what pre-emptive measures a plastic surgeon will take to ensure the best possible results. This means excellent communication with the patient to make sure all parties are on the same page with regard to what is expected. Furthermore, each physician will have a policy regarding revision surgery that will depend on the circumstances. It never hurts to ask what that would be.
If you find you have forgotten to ask a question, the medical team at the practice may be able to provide additional information over the phone. For more on what to ask or to set up a consultation with our board certified plastic surgeon, please contact us today.