If you’re seriously considering plastic surgery, it’s very likely that you have a lot of questions about it. Fortunately, there is a person who’s available to answer those plastic surgery questions and help you make the choice that’s best for you: your plastic surgeon. If you are thinking about surgery but want to learn more, schedule a consultation with a plastic surgeon and get ready to ask away.
What is Your Experience Performing ____ Surgery?
One of your goals during a consultation with a surgeon is to assess his experience and training. You should get a feel for how long he has been in practice and how much experience he has performing the surgery or class of surgery you are considering.
Generally speaking, it’s a good idea to work with a plastic surgeon who has years of experience with the surgery you want and who has performed that procedure thousands of times. It’s also important to find a surgeon who has performed the procedure recently (as in within the last week or month) and who has kept up with new techniques and advances in the way the procedure can be performed.
For example, if you ask your surgeon about his experience with rhinoplasty, you don’t want him to say he’s never performed it or that the last rhinoplasty he performed was a year ago. If the surgeon does have experience with the surgery you’re considering, it’s a good idea to follow up by asking to see photos of before and after results and to ask to speak with past patients.
Am I a Good Candidate for the Surgery?
Having a surgeon who’s an expert and who’s highly rated for performing a particular type of surgery doesn’t matter much if you aren’t a good candidate for the procedure.
There are two types of thing that can make you not a good candidate for surgery. One is any health issues you have, such as an untreated medical condition or a habit like smoking. The other thing is that a particular surgery might not be appropriate for you. For example, if you are 21-years-old and have barely any wrinkles, let alone signs of skin laxity, your surgeon is likely to advise against a facelift at this point in time.
What Can I Expect After the Surgery?
If you are a good candidate for a particular surgery, the next thing to learn is what you can expect from the procedure. Ask your surgeon to give you the full details of what you can expect life to be like in the weeks following the surgery. Will you have to take time off from work and, if so, how much time? Will you have bruising and swelling and, if so, what can you do to minimize those? How long will it be before you see results from the procedure and how dramatic will those results be?
What are the Risks of Surgery?
Here’s another important question to ask. Although there are plenty of things you can do to minimize the risks involved with plastic surgery, no surgery is 100 percent risk-free. Ask your surgeon what the potential risks are, what you can do to reduce your risk, and how frequently adverse effects occur.
It’s also a good idea to be wary of surgeons who seem to brush off the potential risks of surgery. While it is nice to focus on the positive, you want to work with a plastic surgeon who will give you the full scoop.
Do I Have Other Options?
Plastic surgery isn’t always the only option, nor is it always the best option. For some people, a non-surgical treatment, such as an injection or a laser treatment, might be a more appropriate option. Your surgeon can give you a list of pros and cons and help you more fully understand the difference between surgery and non-surgical options or even between two different, but similar, types of surgery.
About Dr. Ran Rubinstein
Dr. Ran Y. Rubinstein is a board certified plastic surgeon. He performs a variety of facial plastic surgery procedures, as well as non-surgical treatments, at his practice in Manhattan. Whatever your goals, he can work with you and help you choose the cosmetic treatment that will help you reach them. Dr. Rubinstein offers his patients a variety of procedures, from fillers to rhinoplasty, at Laser & Cosmetic Surgery Specialists, PC in Newburgh, New York. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Rubinstein, call 845-863-1772 today.