Before going into a cosmetic surgery consultation with your doctor, you may have some concerns, which are common. Do not be afraid to ask as many questions as you need. Once a surgery is done, there is no going back.
The most important question when at a consultation is to ask what your doctor’s qualifications are. Before having any type of procedure done, make sure that your doctor is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. This certification has specific requirements that a surgeon must complete before being qualified. There are many surgeons practicing plastic surgery that are not certified, so make sure you ask.
Once you have confirmed that your surgeon is board certified, learn about your doctor’s background, such as where the surgeon attended medical school and how many years he or she has been practicing. Additionally, make sure you ask your doctors for before and after pictures from patients who have had the procedure you are looking into and are pleased with the results.
Another big question: cost. Cosmetic surgery is usually not covered by insurances, so make sure that you know how much you are going to be paying for. Consulting multiple doctors to compare prices and pictures is sometimes a strategic plan before going under the knife. Any cosmetic surgery will come with a price, the surgeon fees, operating room expenses, anesthesia, materials, etc. If a surgeon offers a low rate on a procedure, they could be cutting corners on safety precautions or there may be hidden fees that come up later. Make sure you have the open cost conversation with your doctor during your cosmetic surgery consultation.