At my plastic surgery practice in San Jose, I make it my mission to ensure each of my patients is fully educated about his or her chosen surgery — and I spare no detail. Nitty-gritty topics including incision care, pricing, and potential complications aren’t always fun to talk about, but I think it’s important that all of my patients know exactly what to expect prior to any procedure.
Plastic surgery is unique in the medical field in that it’s largely elective, meaning nearly all plastic surgery patients pursue treatments not because they have to but because they want to. Because of this, they’re often more receptive to those tough pre-surgery conversations, particularly on topics relating to personal insecurities and finances.
Any reputable plastic surgeon prioritizes patient safety and education. Keeping a patient in the dark about the risks or costs of his or her surgery doesn’t benefit anybody. When you’re researching your own surgical options, be sure that your doctor doesn’t shy away from uncomfortable topics. His or her willingness to be open and honest about the details your surgery is indicative of a level of integrity that will likely be reflected in the beautiful work that he or she does.
Board-certified plastic surgeons are held to rigorous ethical standards and have been vetted to uphold ideals of professionalism and honesty. Consider a surgeon with such credentials to be sure your relationship with your doctor is open and honest.