If you have been researching or considering cosmetic surgery, then it may be time for you to take the next step in achieving your dreams. Here are the top ten questions you should ask your cosmetic surgeon.
20 Essential Questions to Ask at a Cosmetic Surgery Consultation
Before you trust a doctor with your body, health, and money, make sure they’re as qualified as they claim. “Be your own advocate and research, research, research,” says Dr. Renato Saltz, a surgeon in Salt Lake City. Read reviews, look at before and after photos posted by their patients (not just the doctor), and meet with them for a consultation, either in-person or via Skype, if they’re out of your area.
We recommend consulting at least three plastic surgeons (not their nurse or salesperson), so you can compare their answers and approaches. Use this list of essential questions at your appointments to get the most complete picture of their experience, qualifications, and what you can expect if you choose them.
1. Are you board-certified to perform this procedure?
What to listen for: In the United States, surgeons certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, as well as many physicians certified by the American Board of Dermatology and the American Board of Ophthalmology, have undergone the most rigorous training, passed written and oral exams, and continued to adhere to a stringent code of medical ethics. Also pay attention to how they describe the credentials of their staff and their commitment to patient safety.
You’ll also want to check each surgeon’s profile on their state’s Department of Health website to see if any disciplinary action has been taken against them.
2. Where will my surgery be performed?
What to listen for: Your surgery should be done in a hospital or in an accredited outpatient surgery center that’s been certified for patient safety by the Joint Commission, the American Association for the Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF), the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC), and/or Medicare.