For most patients, cosmetic surgery can change more than just their appearance; it can also improve their whole outlook. But before you go and schedule your surgery, be sure that you thoroughly research all of your options. You want a surgeon who is a certified cosmetic surgeon and who meets all of the appropriate qualifications. Here are 8 important questions to ask a prospective surgeon:
- What are your certifications?
There are so many individuals all over the world who practice cosmetic surgery who don’t have a medical degree. Don’t assume that someone with a friendly smile and office is qualified to operate on you. Be careful and always ask for certification.
- How long have you been practising medicine?
The more time a surgeon has spent practising medicine, the more skilled they should be. However, if you’re speaking to a surgeon who is fairly new to practising medicine but is a perfect fit in every other way, just go with your gut and use your best judgement. Don’t forget to ask about their residency and education too.
- How often do you administer this procedure?
The more times a surgeon has administered a specific surgical procedure, the better their bound to be at it (practice makes perfect). Thus, make sure that you do some research and find a surgeon who specialises in the surgery that you’re looking to have done.
- What type of surgery will allow me to achieve my desired goals?
Your first consultation with a prospective surgeon is the perfect time to bring up your goals. The clearer you are about what you want to achieve, the easier it will be for the surgeon to make the required changes.
- Am I a suitable candidate for this surgery?
You may already know what type of surgery you want, but your surgeon might have some different ideas about how he/she can help you achieve optimal results. Perhaps he/she has a surgical procedure that will provide you with more benefits than the one you are thinking of? Now, we’re not saying that you have to take their advice, but the more information you obtain on the various procedures that are available to you, the better.
- Where will my procedure be administered?
Your surgery should be administered in either a hospital or other accredited surgical facility like at Dr Zurek Cosmetic Surgery Sydney. If your surgery is scheduled to be administered at a surgery centre that isn’t attached to a hospital, ensure that your surgeon has hospital privileges.
- What should I expect the recovery to be like?
It’s essential that you understand exactly what to expect in order to prevent disrupting the healing process or confusing harmless side effects with warning signs of more serious complications.
- How long will the results last?
Talk with your prospective surgeon about your realistic expectations and ask them what steps you should take to maintain your new look and help you achieve the best results.