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5 Questions to Ask Before Plastic Surgery

Considering a plastic surgery operation? It’s no light decision. In fact, you might be a bit uneasy, especially with rumors and stories that circle the Internet. Prior to undergoing surgery, you will be invited into the office for a consultation. This initial visit is the perfect time to express concerns and share any questions you might have about a potential procedure.

Knowing that this preparing process might be both daunting and overwhelming, we thought it would be useful to outline some questions to ask during your first consultation.

Are you a board certified surgeon and what are your qualifications?

Seems obvious, but many surgeons who practice plastic surgery are not board certified. As you can imagine, the results are terrifying. Knowing your plastic surgeon has the proper education and medical training is a necessity.

How often do you perform this procedure?

Besides education, solid experience is also proof that a surgeon is successful in his or her field. The difference between a doctor’s fifth procedure and 500th is great. Talk to your doctor about his or her experience in the operating room and how often he or she performs this particular surgery. Make sure you are comfortable with the answers you hear. We have six plastic surgeons at the Plastic Surgery Group in Albany, each with their own unique personality and areas of expertise to ensure that all patients’ needs are covered.

What are some of the risks that are associated with this procedure?

Whether cosmetic or reconstructive, risks are always associated with surgery, which can range from a small infection to an anesthesia reaction. Discussing medical history and potential risks with your doctor before a procedure, as well as maintaining communication post-procedure, can prevent repercussions from occurring.

How long will it take to recover?

Recovery time will vary depending on the type of procedure performed and the patient’s body type. It is important to follow a doctor’s advice regarding activities during the recovery period to help ensure quality results. Additionally, taking measures to properly prepare for a procedure can help cut down on recovery time. Discuss these points with your surgeon beforehand so you know what to expect and can ready yourself when going into the surgery room.

Can I see before and after photos?

This is a question we hear often and is certainly important since visual results are naturally associated with success. Ask for before and after photos of plastic surgery and analyze results to see how that person was affected. Moreover, procedures are customized based on age, gender, and body type. Look for photos of patients who have similar features to help understand what you might expect in terms of results.

The surgeons at The Plastic Surgery Group make it a priority to ensure comfort among their patients from the very first phone call or email to any follow up communication after a procedure. The above questions are only some that our doctors are regularly asked when guiding patients in the process of their plastic surgery operations. If you have any additional questions, we encourage you to leave them in a comment below.

Questions to ask your plastic surgeon before booking surgery.

Publishing note: We originally published this post on September 19, 2012, and updated it with the latest information available on July 19, 2016.

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