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Top Questions to Ask Your Doctor Before Your Plastic Surgery

Top Questions to Ask Your Doctor Before Your Plastic Surgery

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:

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  • Lisa Turner
    Lisa Turner

    Hands down this is the most amazing plastic surgery office! No haggling and Dr. Jacobs will not perform a surgery if the scar exceeds the benefit. His words exactly which is exactly what I want to know ahead of time not after the surgery is done. Dr. Jacobs is a phenomenal surgeon and I trust him 150%. Felecia his nurse is as wonderful as Dr. Jacobs!!

  • I visited Dr. Johnathan Jacob's Office to see about getting a Lipoma removed from my upper left shoulder. After meeting Dr. Jacob's he discussed with me what needed to be done to remove it. I was very happy with the surgery and how good a surgeon he is. I was very satisfied with the procedure and the outcome. I was happy with his staff also they took good care of me. ???

  • Karolyn Lea
    Karolyn Lea

    I am very pleased with Dr. Alspaugh and staff. I appreciate his honesty and his ability to give good advice. He was very professional and made sure I was comfortable. I’m looking forward to working hard and encouraged to start on this new journey to improve my look and my health...all in one. He’s so amazing.

  • Charity Wilder
    Charity Wilder

    Felicia is the absolute BEST. If you enjoy the feeling when people say, “You look too young to have a 19 year old.” Then book an appointment with Felicia immediately. She’s the sweetest human being on the planet and excellent at her job.

  • Love the staff!! They are so friendly and take time with you to really listen to your needs. Highly recommend!!

  • Julie Jackson
    Julie Jackson

    'My experiences at Associates in Plastic Surgery have all been outstanding. I have been a patient for more than 10 years. Dr. John Alspaugh is pleasant, patient and very informative. He listens to you and your concerns. I am always very happy with the results. Cheryl, his nurse is amazing! Go see her! She is sweet and knowledgeable. She eases my nerves and answers all of my questions and concerns. She even makes me laugh. Wonderful, caring staff.