It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of how you’ll look after your cosmetic procedure, but the work you do beforehand is vital in achieving those great results safely. Your ability to communicate with your doctor is the most important element. That’s why knowing his or her credentials, qualifications and experience should be at the top of your list of questions.
Here are important questions to ask your plastic surgeon, dermatologist or cosmetic surgeon before you agree to a procedure with him or her:
Are you board-certified and is your facility accredited?
Make sure your doctor has the right credentials to treat you instead of falling for great marketing or a beautiful office.
How many times have you performed this particular procedure?
Practice makes perfect. The same goes for your doctor. Make sure he or she is experienced enough to handle your treatment and give you the results you truly want or need.
Will you show me before and after photos of other patients you’ve performed this procedure on?
To be sure your doctor is right for you, take a look at his or her past work. If the results from past patients look the way you want yours to, chances are you’ve found the right place for your procedure. Some doctors may even give you access to references so you can call their past patients and ask about their experience with the doctor and the procedure.
Are there alternative treatments I should consider?
A good doctor will give you all of your best options and not try to sell you on just one. Make sure to inquire about your options and don’t feel the need to make final decisions immediately.
How do I prepare for this procedure?
There are many guidelines to prepare for specific procedures. Your doctor can tell you what to expect beforehand.
What type of anesthesia will I need?
Some procedures, like injections or laser treatments, don’t require anesthesia, while others do. It’s important to know if you will need it, the potential risks associated with it, and how long you will be under. If you need anesthesia, you will also need someone to pick you up and drive you home after the procedure is finished.
What are the risks I need to be aware of?
While you likely won’t have to worry about major risks if you choose a reputable, board-certified doctor, there’s always a chance that something might happen. Whether it’s the possibility of a small infection or rash to a more significant risk, make sure to find out what you could be up against. That way you can decide if the procedure is truly worth it to you and be prepared if something does go wrong. If you’re getting plastic surgery, find out which hospital your surgeon has privileges at so you know where you will be admitted in case of emergency.
What is recovery like?
Although quick, in-office treatments may have very little downtime (if any at all), the initial recovery from plastic surgery can take weeks to months, depending on the procedure. Make sure you know what recovery will be like so you can be prepared and plan accordingly. Also find out what you should (or shouldn’t) do post-procedure such as not wear makeup, avoiding the sun or exercise, and wound care.
When will I see results?
Just like recovery, final results for your procedure will vary. Ask your doctor when you’ll start to notice a difference and how long it normally takes to see the final result.
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