5 Questions to Ask Your Plastic Surgeon Before Scheduling Your Procedure

Whether you are a celebrity or just an ordinary person, looking your best positively affects your overall well-being. Many people worldwide pursue plastic surgery procedures either to improve their appearance or for medical reasons. According to a report from Forbes, 11.36 million people had plastic surgery globally in 2019. It is worth noting that only some plastic surgery procedures are performed for cosmetic reasons. Many procedures are essential and life-enhancing, like removing skin cancer tumors or inserting breast prosthesis post-mastectomy due to breast cancer. Regardless of the reason you’re seeking plastic surgery, here are five questions you should ask your plastic surgeon before scheduling your procedure.

1. Where Will the Procedure Take Place?

Some minor procedures can be done in the doctor’s office while others may require an operating room and an overnight stay at a surgery center or hospital.

2. What Are the Risks Associated With This Surgery?

Any surgery, cosmetic or otherwise, carries some level of risk. Your plastic surgeon should take this opportunity to explain what you can expect and how they plan to ensure your procedure is successful.

3. What Type of Anesthetic Will I Get?

Every cosmetic surgical procedure requires the use of local or general anesthesia. However, most procedures require general anesthesia, which is the most common type of anesthesia used during surgery. General anesthesia is highly effective as the patient will be unconscious. This deep sleep ensures that patients feel no pain during the surgery and have no memory of the operation.

4. What Are the Expected Results From This Procedure?

Unlike other surgeries, an individual’s decision to undergo plastic surgery is deeply personal and strictly voluntary. At your consultation, it is important for your plastic surgeon to discuss realistic expectations. Being realistic means understanding that cosmetic surgery can improve, not perfect, your looks. Good candidates for surgery have accepted that concept and are likely to be happy with their results.

5. Is This Procedure the Right Choice for Me? If Not, What Other Alternatives Are Out There?

Some patients may not be the best candidate for certain procedures. A good plastic surgeon will be able to communicate those reasons, explain your outcome and suggest alternative procedures to consider.

Spending time researching a plastic surgeon and preparing questions you want to discuss with them during your consultation will ensure that you get the most out of your appointment. To get started with a highly experienced surgical team, contact our office at Mark Crispin, MD — Crispin Plastic Surgery today. We look forward to hearing from you!