Vital Questions you should ask at your Cosmetic Surgery Consultation
When it comes to any plastic or cosmetic surgery, every physician and surgeon have their own success stories for each individual case. But whatever is the situation; it is absolutely imperative that you ask a variety of questions to gain a better understanding of the overall consultation. In past experience, patients who ask plenty of questions truly get the most out of their consultations. In addition, coming into these one-on-one meetings with an arsenal of questions can help you determine whether or not you are in the most capable of hands.
As for the questions, there are a multitude of avenues you can take. As much as you want to ask about the consultation and procedures, you want to strategically insert particular key questions that you want to ask to help gauge the overall level of the surgeon. These questions can help you decide on whether or not the particular cosmetic surgery is right for you as well as whether or not the surgeon is well-equipped to handle your specific case.
Are you board certified in cosmetic surgery? If so, how long have you been practicing?
Asking this question will provide you the overall education and professional experience that this particular surgeon has within the field? The frightening truth is the in the United States any licensed physician can legally perform a cosmetic procedure. Because of this, you want to make sure they had the necessary training, experience, and commitment within the field to do your particular surgery. Now with a board certification, it isn’t just a status obtained by passing an exam. It requires a high level of training and expertise within the specialty of cosmetic surgery. Those that are board certified by the American Board of cosmetic surgery have completed a minimum of twelve-months cosmetic surgery fellowship training and additional surgical residency along with the necessary passing and approval of all examinations.
What is your experience with this particular surgery? How many times have you done it?
Like with any specialty, you want to make sure that individual has the necessary experience needed to perform and execute when push comes to shove. By asking this question, you can gain a stronger understanding of the overall percentage of his or her practice. You can also gauge the level of experience they have gained, especially for your desired procedure. Make sure you ask to see before and after photos. Try and get a variety of different options. This will help identify if they can provide the service you are looking for.
What type of anesthesia will you receive? Who will provide the anesthesia?
When it comes to anesthesia, you are discussing the overall wellbeing of your safety. Like it or not, anesthesiologist play are crucial role in surgery and at the end of the day, surgery is surgery. Because of this, you want to make sure the person is board certified as both a physician and an anesthesiologist or a certified registered nurse anesthetist.
What will the recovery be like? How long will it take?
This question will vary depending on the type of procedure. Regardless, the more information you have about the recovery, the better. Of course more complex procedures require more time. Because of this, you want to make sure you are well aware of any specific restrictions so that you can get the overall logistics of your recovery in order such as food, patient care, etc.
What is the overall cost for the entire procedure?
For any of these cases, the total price for any surgical procedures will include the surgeon’s fees, anesthesia, operating room expenses, and any other external materials involved. Because of that, you want to grasp the overall gravity of the financial cost. Try and get the necessary fee quote for your specific procedure. While price will ultimately play a factor into your decision, you want to make sure you are prepared to handle it.
Originally published at matthewdavidcolemd.org.