Once you begin considering plastic surgery, typically you start searching the internet for any information you can find on your desired procedure. However, you'll soon realize (if you already haven't) that credible information is hard to come by. So, you should start preparing questions to ask a trained plastic surgeon during your consultation. But, what should you ask?
1. Am I a good candidate for this procedure?
The first question you should ask during your consultation is “Am I a good candidate for this procedure?”. After all, if you are denied candidacy then you won’t need to invest any more time into this process. While patients may hope to simply choose which procedure they want, sometimes it may not be the right fit. Certain medical conditions can significantly increase potential health risks for cosmetic surgery and put your life in harm's way. For example, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, etc., can be a red flag to your plastic surgeon.
Another deterrent from receiving candidacy clearance is consuming excessive amounts of alcohol, being overweight, leading a generally unhealthy lifestyle, etc. Health is easily the biggest factor when determining if you’re an ideal candidate for your desired procedure. However, consulting with an experienced, educated, and genuine plastic surgeon that will evaluate your current medical condition, family history, and lifestyle is the only way to receive medical clearance that you are indeed an ideal candidate for cosmetic surgery.
2. What are the risks and complications of this procedure?
Choosing an elective cosmetic surgery requires intense research and a full understanding of what you are getting into. After all, it is an elective surgery. The second most important area to cover during your consultation is the risks and complications associated with your desired procedure. Simply conducting your online research isn’t enough as credible, reliable information can be hard to come by.
For example, a recent study conducted by American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) found that complications associated with Tummy Tuck procedures are higher than any other procedure. Your plastic surgeon will list out in detail the exact cautions of your desired procedure, as it is highly important to be transparent when someone is considering elective plastic surgery. Choosing cosmetic surgery is not a whimsical or light decision and it is imperative to understand the full scope of what you are getting into with the help of Dr. Z.
3. What’s the total cost of this procedure and do you offer financing options?
Once you’ve received medical clearance and gained a clear understanding of the risks/complications, it’s time to start planning financially. As you are most likely aware, choosing the cheapest surgery option you come across is certainly not the best route. Undergoing plastic surgery isn’t where you bargain shop. While money is certainly a factor when choosing which plastic surgeon to go to, it shouldn’t be your deciding criteria. Focus on finding a qualified, educated, and compassionate surgeon that makes you feel comfortable and has proven he delivers quality results and care.
First, are there any consultation fees? Unfortunately, not all plastic surgeons are willing to offer free consultations to patients wanting to learn more. Second, how much will the procedure cost including any fees? Often times there are fees that are completely variable depending on the exact procedure, which anesthetic is used, etc. Be sure to get an upfront, inclusive cost so you can prepare properly. Third, do you offer financing options? Elective plastic surgery is often not covered by insurance which means you are financially responsible for payment. Financing options can benefit you by offering low, manageable monthly payments. At HZ Plastic Surgery, we offer free consultations, provide inclusive prices, and offer manageable financing options.
4. What can I expect during recovery?
After you’re medically approved, understand the risks associated with the procedure, and have mentally prepared financially, it’s time to consider what happens after surgery. If you’ve started your research early, you’ve most likely noticed the wide array of conflicting information regarding recovery time. While each recovery can vary from patient to patient, there are certainly standards of what to expect post surgery. In order to cut through the online mess of so-so information, be sure to ask your plastic surgeon to give you a run-down of what to expect after surgery.
After your plastic surgeon evaluates your condition, they will be able to give you an accurate gauge of what your recovery will look like. If you’re curious what the recovery protocol entails, ask if they hand out post-op instructions. Understanding how long you’ll be limited physically, pain expectancy, when you’ll be able to return to work, and if you’ll need someone to help take care of you following surgery will enable you to create a successful and thorough recovery game plan.
5. Are you easy to get ahold of if I have questions or concerns following surgery?
The golden rule when choosing a plastic surgeon is to select the qualified, experienced surgeon that makes you feel the most comfortable. This cannot be more important! You will be under the care of this plastic surgeon from your initial consultation until you’re back on your feet after recovery, so be sure to choose the person that made you feel comfortable. During your consultation, ask if they will be accessible to you during your recovery period if you have any questions or concerns. Ensuring you have an open line of communication can make the world of a difference when you’re undergoing plastic surgery.
At HZ Plastic Surgery, we take pride in our chief plastic surgeon, Dr. Z. If you’re considering plastic surgery, schedule a free consultation with Dr. Z to discuss any of your questions and concerns. Not only are we upfront and honest with our patients about surgery costs, but we also offer affordable, manageable financing options to ensure a stress-free patient. We hope that you choose HZ Plastic Surgery in Orlando, FL for your plastic surgery needs.