10 Mistakes Plastic Surgery Patients Make
Choosing the right surgeon for any surgical procedure is extremely important especially choosing a plastic surgeon. What are some important aspects to choosing the right surgeon ? What are some pitfalls to avoid when you seek plastic surgery?
Learn about the surgery you are seeking before coming to the office. This will help you to ask all the right questions. The consult becomes more informative for the patient when they come armed with information
Learn about the surgeon. This seems obvious but sometimes not followed through by some patients. It should not always be the surgeon that your primary care recommends. The surgeons qualifications are easy to check and often patients forget to ask the basic questions about the credentials directly to the surgeon for fear of insulting the doctor. This should not be the case. The surgeon who is well qualified and confident should easily and warmly answer these questions
Not speaking to former patients that the surgeon has worked on. Ask the surgeon if you can actually talk to other patients. This will give you a sense of how that practice runs. Also, many of your questions can be answered directly by a previous patient who has actually undergone the surgery you are seeking.
Confusing Plastic Surgery with med-spa doctors. Although there are some excellent medi-spas, it is important to understand who is actually doing the procedure you are requesting. An American Board of Plastic Surgery certified surgeon will give you the option of doing both invasive or noninvasive procedure that will best suit your needs.
Be completely thorough about your medical history to the plastic surgeon. This is most important when it comes to your smoking history. Plastic surgeons became medical doctors first, THEN became plastic surgeons. The surgeon should always ask about your medical health to see if you can tolerate the surgery that you are seeking. This includes letting the surgeon know about all your medications, including supplements. Lacking this information can lead to complications.
The price tag conflict. If the price seems too good to be true..ASK a lot of questions. Why is the price low ? Why is the other surgeon so expensive ? Often the surgeon who seems to offer the lowest price may be comprimising some aspect of your surgery. In this case, it is not ALWAYS best to go with the least expensive surgeon. On the other hand, the surgeon who is TOO expensive also can be unsual. Simple solution is to ask the office about the discrepancy.
Undertanding the cost of revision surgery. Most plastic surgery practices have a standard revision policy. Revision surgery is surgery to fix or revise some component of the original surgery that did not turn out well. In the US the surgeon’s fee for revision is included in the original price of the surgery. However, the patient may have to pay for anesthesia and the facilty cost. This should be clearly explained before the surgery.
Choosing to do the surgery when it may NOT fit the right time in your life. This should be a fun process for the patient. If you are too tense and stressed about the timing and trying to fit the surgery into some time frame in your life can backfire. I recommend allowing ample time to recover. Ask your surgeon how long the recovery process will be for that surgery and in particular for you. These things can vary from patient to patient.
Comparing your surgery to your best friend. This is very common theme during consultation. I often tell patients to be careful in doing this. Each patient is different. The anatomy of one patient will be very different from another. Be careful comparing.
Computer imaging can often lead to dissapointment. Many practices will use animated or real image enhancement to change your anatomy virtually. Although this is really cool, it is often very challenging to duplicate in real life often due to anatomic constraints. This leads to disappointment in most cases.