The questions plastic surgeons want you to ask
September 7, 2011
In today's world, there really is no excuse for not doing your homework when it comes to choosing a plastic surgeon, or any other doctor for that matter.
The internet enables people to research different procedures as well as the physicians who perform them. However, experts advise those considering plastic or cosmetic surgery to avoid relying solely on the information available online. Instead, they are urged to personally interview potential doctors in order to make the best decision.
According to FacialSurgery.com, it is best to speak with two or three plastic surgeons before booking any procedure. In addition to asking a lot of questions, you should also ask to see before and after photos of others who have undergone the same procedures you are contemplating. It's also okay to ask to speak with some former patients who have worked with the doctor provided they're available.
Just what types of questions should you ask when interviewing a plastic surgeon?
Because it's important to establish the doctor's credentials, questions about his or her training and certification is recommended. However, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), it is also important to verify a doctor's claims with a reliable, independent source, such as your state medical board or the American Board of Medical Specialties.
Other important details to ask about include where the procedure will be performed, how much it will cost, what the potential complications are and what type of recovery should be expected.
EmpowHer.com interviewed plastic surgeons to determine the specific questions that doctors themselves wish their patients would ask during consultations. They recommend five specific questions for those considering undergoing plastic surgery:
1. Are my expectations reasonable?
2. Can you foresee any factors interfering with my final outcome?
3. Is there anything that can be done beforehand to help make my overall experience and results better?
4. What kind of recovery should I expect?
5. What can I do to speed up and maximize my recovery?
Those considering surgery should remember that as a patient, the purpose of a consultation is to determine whether or not you're going to hire him or her. Potential doctors should answer questions completely and approach potential patients with professionalism and confidence. Anyone who does not take concerns seriously should probably be crossed off the list.
"You want a confident physician who respects you," a California-based cosmetic surgeon told AmericanHealthAndBeauty.com. "They're passionate about what they do and they want the best for each patient and most people are able to intuit that. And it's not all about the physician, the staff should also be gracious and respectful."
The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), is recognized as the world’s leading organization devoted entirely to aesthetic plastic surgery and cosmetic medicine of the face and body. ASAPS is comprised of over 2,600 Plastic Surgeons; active members are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (USA) or by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and have extensive training in the complete spectrum of surgical and non-surgical aesthetic procedures. International active members are certified by equivalent boards of their respective countries. All members worldwide adhere to a strict Code of Ethics and must meet stringent membership requirements.
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