What questions should you ask before scheduling a cosmetic procedure?

Mar 23, 2023

Whether undergoing an elective or necessary operation, you shouldn’t take medical procedures lightly. You should meet with several surgeons and have a list of questions before deciding to proceed with that surgeon and operation. These healthcare professionals discuss the pertinent questions you should ask and why before having a cosmetic procedure below.
Daniel Maman

Daniel Maman

Harvard Fellowship-Trained and Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon at .

Ask Questions to Feel Comfortable and Be Informed About The Procedure

Here are some questions that a patient may want to ask a plastic surgeon before a cosmetic procedure:

    ● Are you board certified?
    ● How much experience do you have with this particular procedure?
    ● What are the risks and complications associated with this procedure?
    ● What type of anesthesia will be used, and who will administer it?
    ● Where will the surgery take place?
    ● Who will be a part of the surgical team?
    ● What are the important recovery milestones? (showering normally, returning to full exercise, safe travel, etc.)
    ● Can you show me before and after photos of previous patients representative of me who have had this procedure?
    ● How long will the results last?
    ● What type of follow-up care will be necessary, and how often?
    ● What is the cost of the procedure? Are there additional costs associated with follow-up after surgery, such as garments and visits?
    ● Are there any alternative treatments or procedures that may achieve similar results?

It’s important for patients to ask as many questions as they need to feel comfortable and informed about the procedure they are considering. The plastic surgeon should be willing to answer any questions and provide as much information as possible to ensure the patient makes an informed decision.

10 Questions to Ask Your Plastic Surgeon

Before undergoing any cosmetic procedure, it’s important for patients to ask their plastic surgeon several questions to ensure they have a clear understanding of the procedure and what to expect. Here are some questions a patient should consider asking:

    1. What are the potential risks and complications associated with this procedure?
    2. How many times have you performed this procedure before, and what is your success rate?
    3. What is the expected recovery time, and the kind of post-operative care will I need?
    4. Can you show me before and after photos of patients who have had this procedure?
    5. Will anesthesia be necessary, and if so, what type of anesthesia will be used?
    6. What kind of results can I realistically expect from this procedure?
    7. What kind of follow-up care will be required after the procedure?
    8. How long will the results of this procedure last, and will I need future touch-up treatments?
    9. Can you walk me through the procedure step-by-step so I know what to expect?
    10. What is the total cost of the procedure, including all fees and charges?

It’s important for patients to feel comfortable and confident in their plastic surgeon’s abilities before undergoing any cosmetic procedure. Asking these questions can help ensure that patients have a clear understanding of what to expect and can make an informed decision about whether to proceed with the procedure.

Krista Suter

Krista Suter

RN, BSN and Owner of .
Annabelle Baugh

Annabelle Baugh

7 Important Questions For Your Surgeon

How many times do you perform this procedure a month?
Many plastic surgeons could undertake a range of operations, with some being done on a more frequent basis than others. Asking this question helps you to determine if they are particularly experienced in such treatments.

What results can I expect, and how long will they potentially last?
Your plastic surgeon’s assessment would determine whether or not you’re a viable patient and the results you could expect from the procedure.

Are there any additional costs if I have any postoperative complications or am not satisfied with the results?
It’s best to find out beforehand if there are any additional costs in the case of post-operative complications or in an instance that you are not satisfied with the results and ask for confirmation in writing.

What type of anesthesia do you recommend for this procedure?
There are a few kinds of anesthesia your surgeon may suggest using. This will often include local, general, and IV sedation. A qualified anesthesiologist or anesthetist should always administer a general anesthetic.

How many procedures do you perform in a day, and how many days a week do you perform surgery?
The number of operations your plastic surgeon can carry out in a day is usually limited, around four to six being the average. Additionally, a maximum of four to five days a week should be expected when it comes to operations.

What accreditation does the facility have where I will have my procedure?
In the United States, hospitals and outpatient surgery centers/clinics should have accreditation from The Joint Commission, AAAASF, AAAHC, or Medicare.

Have you had any patient fatalities, or have any of your patients ever needed intensive care or life-saving treatment post-surgery?
This should be easy for them to answer, as it should be thoroughly documented.

Asking the Right Questions

It is always important for a patient to ask questions when considering any type of medical procedure. Here are some key questions that I suggest asking your plastic surgeon prior to undergoing cosmetic surgery:

Are there any risks associated with this operation? Ask your doctor about potential risks and complications that can arise from the treatment. Also, inquire about the protocols taken by the doctor to minimize these risks and provide a safe procedure for you.

Are there any pre-operative instructions I should follow? It’s important to have all the necessary information before going into surgery. Ask your surgeon about any dietary restrictions or other steps you can take prior to surgery in order to ensure a successful outcome.

How long is the recovery time for this procedure? Every patient has different healing times, so it’s important to ask your plastic surgeon how long it could take for you to heal and when you can expect to see results.

Are there any alternative treatments available? Ask your plastic surgeon if there are other treatment options that may be better suited for your needs. Your doctor should be able to provide detailed information about each option, so you can make an informed decision about the best course of action for you.

Will I need a follow-up appointment after the procedure? Inquire about post-operative care protocol and whether or not it includes one or multiple follow-up appointments with your doctor. These reminders go a long way in ensuring a successful recovery.

Besty S. Jacob

Besty S. Jacob

Optometrist at .

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