When it comes to plastic surgery, you have probably thought long and hard about it before arriving at the conclusion to go ahead with it. Most people who opt for cosmetic surgery are keen to change something they dislike about their appearance. But are scared of the actual procedure.
It is perfectly natural to be worried about your surgery. Any type of surgery comes with small risks and can make you feel nervous. But if you are so convinced that you want treatment, you shouldn’t hold back. However, it is important to remember that this is a life-changing decision. It is not something that should be embarked upon without serious thought. If you have your heart set on surgery, these are the key questions you should be asking your surgeon.
What are your qualifications?
You should always ask for your surgeon’s qualifications. It doesn’t matter whether you are thinking about a breast enlargement or double eyelid surgery, you should always ask. Where did they train and who are they certified by?
How many times have you done this before?
This question will show whether or not your surgeon knows what they are doing when it comes to your procedure. Ideally you want someone who has done hundreds of similar things and knows exactly what to expect. You are trusting someone to alter your appearance, so you want to be able to rely on someone who is familiar with the procedure.
Can I meet your patients?
If you can, try to talk to former patients. They will be able to tell you how happy they have been with their treatment. You can also see first hand what the result of your surgery is likely to look like. They might even have some good advice for you to help you deal with the before and after bits of the surgery.
What sorts of risks are involved?
As I mentioned previously, with any kind of surgery, there will be some kind of associated risks. Make sure to talk these through with your surgeon so you understand exactly what could happen. There is no such thing as a risk-free procedure, but if you know the risks you can weigh them up against the benefits.
How should you prepare for the procedure?
Depending on the type of surgery, your surgeon will need you to prepare in certain ways. Double check with them if there is anything you need to do prior to the operation. For most operations you are expected to fast before going into surgery.
How long is the recovery time?
Again, depending on the type of surgery, you will need a bit of recovery time. Check with your surgeon to see how long you will be expected to stay in hospital. How many follow-up appointments will be necessary? Will you be able to carry on as normal after the surgery or will you have to take time off work?
Where will the surgery take place?
Some surgeries can take place in a small clinic, whilst others will need to be performed in a hospital.