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Questions to Ask Your Plastic Surgeon

You have been thinking about having something done, and now you are in your plastic surgeon’s office! You did your homework on the procedure(s) in which you are interested, the office staff has been great, and you are ready to find out if the surgeon and procedure are right for you. 

Ask if your plastic surgeon is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. This is a crucial first step in the process. Ask about his or her experience.  Plastic surgeons, like many other physicians, have particular expertise and interests in certain surgeries and procedures. For instance, while I have extra training and experience in aesthetic surgery of the face, breasts and body, I am not trained to perform complex cranial vault (skull) reconstructions on small children. This requires a different type of fellowship and additional training. Thus, your surgeon should be forthcoming with this type of information. Before and after photos along with patient testimonials are also great ways to get a sense of whether or not the surgeon and/or procedure(s) are right for you. Review sites online can be hit or miss, but a lot of insight about your surgeon and his or her practice can be obtained by taking the time to review these for yourself. 

If a particular part of the surgical process (preoperative—before, intraoperative—during, postoperative—recovery) has not been explained to your satisfaction, be sure to inquire about the details of these steps. In my experience, every patient is more informed about one part or another, and both patient and surgeon will be more comfortable when you have a clear idea about each part of the process. 

Finally, many of my patients ask me personal questions, such as whether I have had plastic surgery and why I became a plastic surgeon. None of this is off limits as far as I’m concerned. I am getting to know my patients during our initial consultation, and they are often sharing very intimate details, insecurities and expectations. My job is to make patients feel comfortable to open up and be honest about what they hope to achieve so that I can most effectively help them to reach their goals.





American Society of Plastic Surgeons


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