By the time patients arrive for a consultation, they have usually spent significant time on the Internet researching the procedure they want. Some come in prepared with a series of questions based on that information, and a consultation is the ideal opportunity to get those questions answered. One of the most satisfying parts of my job as a plastic surgeon is spending time answering my Albany patients’ questions so they know exactly what to expect and can start to get excited about their procedures.
Here are 3 questions that patients should always have on their list when they consult with a surgeon. These questions are designed to ensure patients choose a qualified plastic surgeon, get beautiful, long-lasting results, and are prepared for the surgery and recovery.
- What are your qualifications? The most important qualification is that the surgeon is certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery. The ABPS is the only board recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties, and it requires the surgeon to meet rigorous standards. Patients should also ask if a surgeon is a member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), a subset of board-certified plastic surgeons who focus on cosmetic plastic surgery. In addition, a patient should ask about a surgeon’s experience performing the specific procedure being considered.
- Are there other procedures that may enhance my results? Sometimes a patient will benefit from combining procedures. Facial rejuvenation, for example, may combine a surgical procedure such as blepharoplasty with minimally invasive injectable treatments. Or someone getting a tummy tuck may see optimal results by having liposuction performed at the same time.
- How long will I need to spend recovering before I can return to my day-to-day activities? Patients who know what to expect are, in general, satisfied patients. That includes not only the surgery itself, but also the recovery period. Although each person’s recovery will be unique and depend on how quickly they heal, it’s important to have a general sense of when it will be possible to return to normal daily activities. A patient who spends much of the day getting in and out of a car, for example, may need to take more time off work than someone who works an office job.