Choosing the right plastic surgeon is a big decision and should not be done hastily. There are many things you should ask when interviewing your plastic surgeon but it’s also very important that you try to get the answers confirmed as far as possible. That the surgeon is board certified is very easily checked online.
Almost all plastic surgeons can claim to be "board certified," however make sure that the board certified surgeon is certified for plastic surgery by the right organization (most likely American Board of Plastic Surgery - ABPS). Also you need someone that is highly skilled with the specific procedure. The surgeon you choose should have extensive experience of performing your specific procedure.
Choosing an ASPS Member Surgeon ensures the surgeon: Has at least 6 years of surgical training and a minimum of 3 years specifically in plastic surgery, is trained and experienced in all plastic surgery procedures including breast, body, face and reconstruction, operates only in accredited medical facilities, adheres to a strict medical code of ethics, meets continuing medical education requirements, including standards and innovations in patient safety, is board certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery or in Canada by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, read more about Plastic Surgery Board Certifying Organizations
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Make sure you're comfortable with the surgeon and that he or she addresses all of your concerns. He or she also should be more than happy to answer all questions, provide testimonials, credentials, proper certification, before and after photos, testimonials etc. If you have any concerns after the consultation or feel that your well being is not put first – find another surgeon!
There are several things your surgeon should address but most importantly you should discuss risks, recovery, the surgeons experience of the actual procedure, realistic expectations, expected result & cost.
Plastic surgery is surgery and as with any medical procedure there are risks. To reduce risks, you should be in good health. An infection, diabetes, heart or circulatory problems eliminates you as a candidate right away! It's also important to disclose your entire medical history to your surgeon!
Complications from plastic surgery can include: disappointment with the results, scarring, bruising, numbness, nerve damage. Severe complications include e.g: Blood clots, Injury to organs, seizures, cardiac arrest, excessive blood loss.
Initial recovery time may take weeks, but it’s usually not until after several months you see the full result of the surgery. Swelling might for example not fully subside until several months after surgery also it may take time for all the skin to tighten up. After the surgery you'll e.g. need to wear compression garments also you might be in a lot of pain. Usually you can go back to work and other activities within one to three weeks depending on the surgery. Your surgeon should depending on the procedure schedule multiple post-op visits to monitor and check your recovery.
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