Getting plastic surgery is a major decision – which means you need to ask the right questions. Here’s a quick primer to help you get clarity and choose a team that can meet your needs:
Are you Board Certified?
While any surgeon can legally perform a plastic surgery procedure, you want a surgeon with the right training – which means you want someone certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). The ABPS only certifies surgeons with excellent credentials, including 6 to 9 years of training in plastic surgery.
How much experience do you have with this procedure?
It is normal and expected for you to ask how much experience your surgeon has. A knowledgeable and experienced surgeon should have expertise in the procedure, preferably having performed it regularly. Many surgeons also conduct research on the work they do and publish papers in medical journals.
What are the risks and complications of the procedure?
Every surgical procedure carries risks. You are better off knowing the risks of your procedure so you can make an informed decision.
Can I see before and after pictures?
If the surgeon has performed the procedure before, they likely have plenty of pictures of before and after the procedure. The more pictures you look at the more you will understand what is possible with the procedure.
What will my recovery be like?
Some procedures have more intensive recovery periods than others. Your surgeon can tell you what to expect in the days, weeks and months following your procedure.
Can I get a second opinion?
It is also normal to ask for a second opinion. Getting multiple perspectives before surgery can help you see the big picture and make you feel better about your final decision.