Thinking about plastic surgery? Plan a consultation with your doctor before making any decisions.
If you are considering plastic surgery and find yourself asking a lot of questions, you’re not alone. And while the internet may offer some understanding, nothing provides greater insight than a face-to-face conversation with a plastic surgeon. A plastic surgery consultation is a great opportunity to learn more about the procedure you are contemplating, plus it gives you the chance to learn about the doctor. The following five questions with help you to determine whether or not plastic surgery is right for you, as well as help you to feel confident that your safety and appearance are in good hands.
- Are you a board certified plastic surgeon? Ensure your surgery will be performed by a qualified individual in a safe setting by choosing a board certified plastic surgeon. Board certification in plastic surgery is a testament to having achieved a certain level of training, experience, and expertise in the specialty of plastic surgery. Never be afraid to question a physician’s credentials. If a surgeon is well-educated, trained, and accredited, they will be happy to share this information with you. Dr. Frank C. Madda is a board certified plastic surgeon, and Diplomate of the American Board of Plastic Surgery.
- How frequently do you perform the procedure(s)? A plastic surgeon who is highly experienced is more likely to be skilled in the most current techniques with a broad exposure to various patient circumstances and needs. Dr. Madda has a national reputation for consistently exceptional results, earning recognition as a top plastic surgeon by Chicago Magazine and U.S. News & World Report, and more. As an Assistant Professor for the Department of Plastic Surgery at the University of Illinois Medical Center, Dr. Madda remains at the cutting edge of plastic surgery. Click here for an in-depth look at Dr. Madda’s vast surgical experience, awards and recognitions.
- What type of anesthesia will I receive, and who will provide my anesthesia? Discussing anesthesia options will help you prepare physically and mentally for a safe, smooth procedure. All cosmetic surgery will require either local or general anesthesia. The type of used will vary depending on the nature of the procedure and an individual patient’s needs. Local and general are safe when performed by a qualified provider, so be sure to also ask if the person administering anesthesia is a board certified physician (MD/DO) anesthesiologist or a certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA).
- What is the recovery time? Understand the recovery process to determine the best time to have the cosmetic procedure. Ask the plastic surgeon how much time you can expect to take away from your normal activities, including work, childcare, and exercise. Before you schedule surgery, you need to be sure you can handle being somewhat “out of commission” for a few days or weeks, depending on the complexity of the procedure.
- What will my procedure cost? The total price for any surgical procedure includes surgeon’s fees, anesthesia, operating room expenses, and any materials involved, such as breast implants. Each patient’s situation is unique, and the price for a procedure will vary depending on your specific needs and goals. While price should factor into your decision, never choose a cosmetic surgeon based on price alone. Beware of any quote that sounds too good to be true—making your decision based on price could end up costing you far more in the end. When it comes to your appearance, quality trumps price.
While these are some key questions to ask when meeting with potential surgeons, you should feel comfortable asking your doctor any questions in preparation of a procedure. Plastic surgery is a journey that begins with your consultation and remember: there are no wrong questions when it comes to your health and comfort. If you are considering plastic surgery, contact us today for your free consultation.