You’ve decided to get cosmetic surgery – this is probably an
exciting time for you. In our opinion, the most successful outcomes begin
with a detailed consultation – the first consultation you have with
your cosmetic plastic surgeon.
Every day, patients come into our office for initial consultations and
to us, the best consultations start with a patient who asks
lots of questions. If you’re prepared and have all of your questions handy, you’ll
get the most out of your consultation. Not only that, but the more information
you have when you walk out of your consultation, the more satisfied you’ll
be with the choices that you end up making.
While there’s no such thing as a “wrong question,” there
are definitely some critical questions that you should ask during your
consultation with a potential plastic surgeon. The answers to these questions
will help you be confident that when you choose a particular surgeon,
you’re in capable hands.
1. Is the surgeon board-certified in plastic surgery?
When you learn that a surgeon is
board-certified in plastic and reconstructive surgery, you confirm that he or she has
completed extensive written, oral and clinical certification in plastic
and reconstructive surgery. In the United States, the two national medical
committees that offer approved training programs in plastic and reconstructive
surgery, include: the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) and the American
Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). To learn more about board-certification,
2. How much experience do you have performing the procedure I want?
You should ask this because you want to make sure the surgeon has a lot
of experience performing the procedure you’re considering. There
is a BIG difference between a new surgeon who’s performed 100 procedures,
versus a surgeon who’s performed the same procedure more than 1,000
times. Like anything in this world, skill is gained through repetition
and hours and hours of experience. Ask the doctor to show you their
before and after photos for the procedure that you’re interested in.
3. What type of anesthesia is involved?
Surgery is a serious matter and you should be well-informed before you
make any decisions. The type of anesthesia and how it will be provided
are important considerations. When you are clear on your anesthesia options,
you can physically and mentally prepare for a safe procedure.
The type of anesthesia depends on the type of procedure, as well as the
patient’s individual needs. The goal of anesthesia choice it to
keep the patient comfortable and safe and help the surgeon perform the
surgery without distractions. Most minor procedures may be performed under
local anesthesia or light sedation. More extensive procedures or procedures
on patients who are more anxious or prefer not to be aware of the procedure
may need more deeper sedation or general anesthesia.
4. What is the recovery like?
Before you schedule a surgery, you need to know all about the recovery
– how long it is, what you can and cannot do, when can you return
to work, and how much it will limit your daily activities. For example,
if you want to have a
Mommy Makeover but you are only able to take three days off work, you’re not going
to have enough time to recover. When you have insufficient time (and help
from friends or family) to recover, it places your health, safety, and
results at risk.
You must ask how long you’ll need to take off work, how much help
you’ll need with childcare, and how long before you can return to
your normal exercise routine. Depending on the procedure, you could be
“out of commission” for days, if not weeks.
To schedule a consultation with
Dr. Yuly Gorodisky, our
board-certified plastic surgeon,
contact us at (866) 909-2945.