You want to know as much as possible about your prospective surgeon’s skills experience and credentials.
There are few questions you must ask a prospective plastic surgeon before deciding who is the right choice to perform your procedure is.
Are you Board Certified?
The Greek Board of Plastic Surgery Certification by this organization indicates that a surgeon has completed extensive specialized training that not only shows his superior knowledge and experience but also speaks of his commitment to excellence in the filled.
How many times you have done this procedure?
Better rude, embarrassed and uncomfortable than disfigured… or worse. An experienced plastic surgeon can provide you with hundreds of before and after photographs of his patients in order to illustrated possible outcomes. Make sure to ask if the photos shown to you are pictures of actual patients of that particular surgeon.
What other medical staff will assist with the procedure?
It is important to know who is part of the surgeon’s surgical support team, and what their qualifications are, who will be administering and monitoring anesthesia and if there is emergency staff available in case of a problem.
Where will the procedure be performed?
Some procedures are performed as in office procedures, others in an outpatient center and more serious ones in a hospital facility. It is important to consider can you really put a price on your safety?
What are the risks associated with this procedure?
Serious complications with plastic surgery procedures are rare, because surgeons will usually refuse to operate on any patient for whom they feel the risk is too great. There are some procedures that are riskier than the others, although recent advances continue to make complications more and more unlikely.
What is your complication rate with this procedure?
Your plastic surgeon should be able to tell you how many complications he has had with your particular surgery, and how many of them have been serious. So, that you feel comfortable about making the right choice for your own health and safety.