As cosmetic surgery grows in popularity across the United States, more and more surgeons are performing these procedures. However, not all cosmetic surgeons are equal, and you should do your homework before hiring someone to perform breast augmentation, liposuction, a tummy tuck, or any other cosmetic surgery procedure.
Cosmetic surgery is accompanied by all of the major risks and complications associated with other forms of major surgery. Therefore, it is important to make sure you have chosen an experienced board certified plastic surgeon to work on your body.
You should always investigate the experience and background of your potential plastic surgeon. Ask your primary care physician for a recommendation. Talk to friends and family members who have undergone cosmetic surgery in the past to find out about their experiences. You may learn a lot of valuable information.
When going for an initial consultation with a prospective plastic surgeon, make sure to ask a lot of questions, both about your desired procedure and your potential doctor’s qualifications. Some important questions to ask include:
- How long have you been performing plastic surgery?
- How many times have you performed this particular procedure?
- Where did you do your training?
- Are you board certified?
- Are you affiliated with a major hospital?
It is also a good idea to ask your prospective surgeon for the contact information of several past patients that might serve as a reference. You should also view “before and after” photos of the surgeon’s work.
If at any point in time during your consultation, you do not feel comfortable with the answers you are getting from the surgeon, do not hire him. Keep searching until you find a plastic surgeon with whom you feel comfortable.
Also, while cost may be an issue for you, do not let price determine your choice in cosmetic surgeons. In many cases, you will get what you pay for, and your body is too important to risk on the skills of a cheap and shoddy surgeon.