There’s no such thing as a dumb question, as the adage goes.
Your health is important so there are a handful of questions that you need answers to so as to ensure your well-being is not at risk. Your doctor will be happy to chat, that’s what consultations are for. So ask away!
But make sure to cover these five important questions regarding any upcoming or potential cosmetic surgery.
Is Your Physician Board Certified in Cosmetic Surgery?
Asking this question will tell you everything you need to know about your physician’s background and qualifications. Board certification guarantees your doctor has no completed a full year-long cosmetic surgery fellowship.
Note that any licensed physician can technically lead a cosmetic procedure. So a certification by the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery (ABSC) assures you that they have specialized training in cosmetics specifically.
How Many Times Has Your Physician Performed Your Desired Operation?
Now that you know your physician is qualified to perform cosmetic surgery—in general—you’ll need to find out if they have experience in the specific operation that you’re seeking.
Your best bet to find the right doctor with an extensive history in the procedure you want. The more that they’ve worked in the area, the better they likely are and the more before and after photos and examples they’ll have to show you. Practice makes perfect, after all!
What Kind of Anesthesia Are You Using and Who Is Administering It?
Luckily, both local and general anesthesia is relatively safe. Local is known for shorter recovery times while general is used for those more serious procedures. However, it doesn’t matter how good the anesthetic drug is if the right kind of professional isn’t administering it.
Your surgeon ought be working with either a board certified anesthesiologist or a registered nurse anesthetist. ABSC certified physicians actually work exclusively with these kind of accredited veterans. So checking for that board certification is all that much more important.
What Is the Recovery Process?
Knowing what to expect here is for your own benefit. Post-op recovery will determine if you need to take time off from work, or find extended childcare. What kind of restrictions are placed on the patient is important too.
If your job requires any kind of heavy lifting, you may not be cleared by the physician to do anything of the sort.
Getting a complete picture from your doctor about the extent and nature of your recovery process could be the deciding factor on whether you go through with it or not.
How Much Is It?
Of course noting in life is free—quality cosmetic surgery included.
What you end up paying will depend on a number of things, including insurance, surgeon’s fees, even geography and the cost of living in your city. But any respectable office should offer you a detailed quote. So that will certainly help you weigh your options.
If the price is steeper than you expected, your doctor’s office should have a specialist in-house to go over payment plans.