People looking to have cosmetic surgery or a cosmetic procedure done often don’t know the right questions to ask to ensure they’ll get the care and results they desire. We tend to inherently trust doctors, but there are times when it’s necessary to dig a little deeper and ask important questions to make sure your doctor’s approach lines up with your expectations.
Here are 10 insider’s tips to determine whether the surgeon you’re considering is the right one for you:
Tip #1: Look for specialization
Because the demand for cosmetic procedures is high, doctors are joining the industry now more than ever. But many lack the necessary specialization to perform specific procedures successfully. Thoroughly research your doctor to make sure that he or she has the specialization and experience necessary for your particular procedure. Seek out “super-specialists” (doctors who exclusively practice cosmetic surgery in certain areas) as they are highly skilled in these areas and most likely to be on top of the latest medical advancements.
Tip #2: Don’t be afraid to ask questions
It’s your face and your life, so whether you need to know more about the procedure, the doctor’s track record or recovery times, no question is too small or too “silly” to ask. You will be living with these results for the rest of your life, so you owe it to yourself to feel confident and secure about all aspects of your procedure.
Tip #3: Don’t underestimate rapport with your cosmetic surgeon
If there is a clash in personalities or your doctor doesn’t seem attentive to your questions and concerns during the initial consultation, it’s best to keep looking. Communication and making sure you’re on the same level are key in your doctor being able to bring about the results you envision.
Tip #4: Beware of a doctor who dismisses the risks associated with surgery or is unwilling to discuss potential complications
Your doctor should cover all of the possibilities and recovery scenarios so that you know what to expect and can fully understand the risks involved. Any doctor who downplays risks or is unwilling to discuss complications with you is not a doctor you should trust.
Tip #5: Think of the initial consultation as an interview
You are interviewing the doctor for the right to take your appearance into his or her hands, literally. So be sure you vet your surgeon as you would any potential job candidate. Inquire about fellowship training and specialized training for specific procedures, as well as the number of cases like yours that he or she has treated. Get a feel for your surgeon’s philosophy and see if your visions mesh. There are many doctors out there to choose from. Don’t settle for someone with whom you’re not 100% comfortable.
Tip #6: Follow up the consultation with a thorough background check
Verify the doctor’s education, certification, and licenses through the medical board for the state in which he practices.
Tip #7: Feeling pressured or “sold to” is a red flag
A consultation should not be about pushing a doctor’s services; it should be about your needs and questions. If your doctor makes you feel pressured or is more interested in selling services than hearing your vision for your treatment, keep looking.
Tip #8: Carefully review “before and after” photos
Examining the results of previous procedures can help you determine whether a doctor’s work matches with your ultimate goals for your procedure. If you want a natural appearance and the after photos look glaring or lack facial balance, that’s a sign to find a different doctor.
Tip #9: Take into consideration the ambiance of the doctor’s facility as well as the helpfulness of the staff
How you feel in the facility and how you are treated are important factors in your cosmetic procedure experience. The more comfortable and at ease you feel, the easier the procedure and recovery will be for you. As we’ve discussed, cosmetic procedures are not just physical procedures; they also involves complex emotional, mental and spiritual aspects. Knowing that you are in caring hands is key to making your experience the easiest it can be.
Tip #10: Bear in mind that surgery isn’t always the answer
As we’ve discussed, there are many non-surgical procedures and treatments that can help you to achieve your desired look for less cost and less recovery time. Ask your doctor to explain why he or she thinks a particular procedure is right for your situation and whether there is another, less-invasive route that could provide similar results.
This excerpt was taken from Dr. Scheiner’s book, The True Definition of Beauty. Get your copy here.