One of the scariest parts of getting a plastic surgery is the possibility of receiving a botched surgery. Luckily, one of the most important factors of a successful plastic surgery story is in your control as the patient.
Successful surgeries always begin with successful consultations, and many unfavorable plastic surgery experiences could have been avoided if the patient got more out of their consultation. You should definitely be more than adequately prepared for your consultation as it's your chance to figure out whether the plastic surgeon and the surgery is not only in well-qualified and capable hands, but also that it’s right for you at that moment.
While there might not be such a thing as a bad or dumb question, there are certain questions that are necessary to ask during your consultation. These questions are absolutely critical in ensuring that your plastic surgery experience will meet strong standards of quality and safety.
So, in any plastic surgery consultation, make certain that you ask these following questions (not in any specific order):
1. Will my procedure be performed in a safe facility?
This question is of the utmost importance, and we recommend you start here. You never want to have your surgery performed in a setting that’s unfit for your procedure. If your surgeon can ensure you that your procedure will take place in a safe and fit facility, you can then be certain that your doctor is taking safe precautions into consideration.
Hopefully, by asking this question, you can stem into conversation about all of the steps and procedures that the plastic surgeon takes in order to ensure every patient with a safe and careful surgery, as safety should always be the #1 concern of any patient. Whether the doctor gives you a tour of the facility, or shows you pictures of everything you need to see, never be scared to figure out whether your surgeon will provide you with the safety and caution that you deserve.
2. How often have you performed X procedure?
Another important question you should ask in order to avoid a bad plastic surgery is how many times and how often the surgeon performs the particular procedure you are looking to undergo. By figuring out how practiced the surgeon is in regards to a particular procedure can help you figure out how comfortable you are having them perform it on you. While they may not always specialize in your procedure, make sure they performed it before and continue to do them every so often.
You can also ask related questions with this, like whether they have before and after pictures of patients who underwent the procedure with that plastic surgeon. You can even ask if you can talk with any past patients about their experience.
3. Should I get plastic surgery?
Once you determine you’re talking to a well-qualified and practiced plastic surgeon, you can figure out whether you’re a good candidate for the procedure. Don’t let the surgeon cheat you out of a comprehensive answer. Remember, what’s mostly business for the surgeon is your everyday, real-life body, so don’t be scared of being extra sure.
4. What should I expect for recovery and possible complications?
This is very important in determining whether the surgery is right for you or whether the time is right for you. Make sure the plastic surgeon outlines a very extensive recovery plan you can expect to make sure it works well with you and your life at that point.
Also, when discussing possible complications, never accept any answer that basically says there are no risks or possible complications as there always are with surgery, especially many cosmetic procedures. This is also a good time to figure out whether the plastic surgeon or one of their nurses will be readily available to speak with you for any questions or concerns after the surgery.
5. How much will the procedure cost in total?
Again, it’s important to remember that this is half business for the plastic surgeon, which means any advertised or listed prices can be misleading. With facility costs, surgeon fees, and anesthesia costs among many other small fees and costs, you want to make sure you completely understand what you’re getting yourself into price wise. Make certain that you leave your consultation with a total cost you can expect to pay so there’s no surprises when it comes time to pay (so long as everything else checks out too).
At the end of the day, what questions you will ask the plastic surgeon during a consultation depend on your wants and needs. However, the questions described above are essential to ask in every case, so make sure you don’t forget to ask those. Never feel like you’re asking too many questions, dumb questions, or the wrong questions. Surgery of any kind is a very serious matter and you need to be definite that you are putting yourself in the right situation for you.
At HZ Plastic Surgery, you can always ask whatever questions that are on your mind during your consultation. As a cosmetic surgery practice, we understand just how important the consultation experience is for both the patient and doctor. The first step toward a successful plastic surgery experience is an effective consultation where the patient can learn everything they need to about the practice and the doctor, and the doctor can get to know the patient and their needs as well. So, if you are looking to set up a consultation for plastic surgery in the Orlando area, please visit our website. Since we know the value of every consultation, you can always schedule a free consultation with us.