Before you have any type of plastic surgery, you need to find out all the details you can to ensure your security and comfort with the procedure. You should have completely open communication with your surgeon and feel comfortable asking questions. A trustworthy and reliable doctor will make you feel at ease with the preparation, surgery and recovery.
Write out a list of questions you can ask the doctor before you schedule a procedure. Be sure to ask these questions and get answers that you not only understand but also agree with. If your doctor is not explaining something to your satisfaction, let them know you still need a little more help understanding. Make sure you know all the answers to your questions so you are not overly nervous or anxious about the procedure.
Here are a few sample questions you might want to ask:
- How many times have you (the surgeon) done this particular procedure?
- What is the normal length of recovery time?
- What are the complications that might arise during surgery?
- What complications might slow down recovery?
- What risks go along with the surgery?
- Where will the surgery be performed?
- Is this procedure one that you (the surgeon) have been specifically trained to perform?
- Is the facility where the surgery will be performed up to nationally or state recognized standards?
- What are my options if I am not satisfied with the results?
Along with these questions you will want to look at your finances to make sure the surgery is a feasible possibility for you. If your surgery is elective, your insurance company is not likely to cover it. However, it still might be helpful to ask your insurance, and ensure that you save money wherever possible.
Your health and safety are first and foremost in any surgical situation. Get all the information you need to be calm, satisfied and comfortable on the day of surgery.