Patients are generally referred for Plastic Surgery by a primary care physician and you should know the criteria that qualifies the surgeon to perform your procedure. First, always ask your surgeon if he or she is Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. The American Board of Plastic Surgery is the governing board for Board Certification of Plastic Surgeons. (There is no Board of Cosmetic Surgery.)
In addition to knowing your surgeon’s credentials, it is important to know the level of experience the surgeon has in performing your procedure. do not be afraid to ask your plastic surgeon how many times he or she has performed the procedure you are contemplating. Working with an experienced surgeon is the best way to ensure expert results.
Sometimes, surgery is not the only answer. it is often possible to achieve your desired results through non-surgical treatments. Ask your plastic surgeon about the benefits and risks of non-surgical alternatives to compare in order to make an informed decision.
It is also important to know how to prepare for your surgery. Many surgeries require you quit smoking, lose weight or follow a specific diet, or there may be directions concerning your medications that your plastic surgeon suggests prior to your procedure. when asked, be sure to clearly state any allergies you may have or any conditions for which you are currently taking medication. you should also disclose any vitamins, supplements or over-the-counter medications you take regularly as well. you might have other allergies which the doctor should know about, such as allergies to latex or to surgical tape.
Every surgery has some attendant risk. always weigh the benefits of a given procedure against the possible risks of side effects and complications before you make your decision. Not all post-surgical side effects and complications are the same, some are far more manageable than others. Ask your surgeon about the risk of experiencing side effects as well as about any medications they may prescribe to minimize these symptoms. for example, your plastic surgeon may require a particular medication before surgery to minimize nausea and vomiting or prescribe something for pain.
Taking an active role in your treatment helps assure that your surgery and recovery will be as successful as possible. Participating in this give and take of information with your Plastic Surgery staff will give you confidence in their desire for your surgery to be successful.