Cosmetic surgery is often a major surgery that should not be taken lightly. Effects of cosmetic or plastic surgery can be long lasting so it is important to practice safety and be well informed before any type of procedure. Like any surgery, cosmetic surgery has risks and limitations.
Cosmetic Surgery: Factors to consider
Expectations. Having realistic expectations before surgery will improve communication between you and your surgeon. Think of the surgery as improving instead of perfecting a particular body part.
Expense. Most cosmetic surgery isn’t covered by health insurance plans. Depending on the specific procedure, the costs ranges from hundreds to thousands of dollars. A common expense that is forgotten and should be calculated is the cost of follow-up care or possible additional corrective procedures.
Risks. With any type of surgery comes risks. There is a risk of possible patient dissatisfaction after the surgery as well as excessive bleeding or infection at the surgical site.
Recovery.Your body will need to heal and recover after cosmetic surgery. Recovery period can take a couple of days to even months to complete. Be sure to understand the physical effects that will be apart of your recovery and how it might affect your professional life.
Cosmetic Surgery: Finding a qualified Surgeon
Consider how many times the surgeon has performed the procedure you want and how much experience the surgeon has in the procedure speciality. Also, make sure the surgeon is certified by a board recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties such as the American Board of plastic Surgery or the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
If you are having a procedure that requires anesthesia, make sure that the facility is accredited by a national or state recognized accrediting agency.
Finding a surgeon can be researched on the American Society of Plastic Surgeons webpage.
Meeting the surgeon
Multiple consultations with different surgeons of your choice is the best way to choose the surgeon you want to complete your procedure. Questions to ask your surgeon include:
- What are the possible complications that can take place during the procedure?
- What are the pros and cons of the surgical options?
- Can you share before and after diagrams to help me understand the expected results of the procedure?
- How many times have you done this procedure?
- What kind of help will I need at home following the surgery?
Before undergoing surgery, make sure you are comfortable with the surgeon of your choice and are committed to the treatment options afterward for a safe recovery. You can never ask enough questions and should feel knowledgeable about what to expect before, after, and during the surgery. For more information on plastic and cosmetic surgery, go to the American Board of Plastic Surgery webpage where you can find many resources and guidance.