Whether you are having a cosmetic procedure performed or something more serious, you want to make sure that you do not leave any stone unturned when speaking with your plastic surgeon. You want to feel as confident as possible before your operation, and having all of your questions answered thoroughly is one of the best ways of feeling comfortable.
You want to make sure that your plastic surgeon is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, and find out how much experience your doctor has. Find out not only how often he or she has performed the procedure you're having, but how many times per year. You'll also want to pick a doctor who specializes in that procedure, not someone who only does it some of the time.
There are always risks of complications with any kind of operation. You may experience side effects for quite some time afterwards. It is imperative that you discuss all of the potential risks and complications with each and every plastic surgeon you are considering. That way, you will have as much information as possible so that you can determine whether or not the procedure you are considering is right for you.
Not only do you want a doctor who is board certified and experienced, you'll want someone who is committed to continuing learning and training. Check with each plastic surgeon you are considering seeing if he or she has participated in any fellowships or is engaged in ongoing education.
Find out up front what type of policy each doctor has in regard to any potential revisions that may need to be made. Get exact numbers as to how many revisions the doctor has to perform each year. Also, see if your procedure can be performed in the office or will need to take place in a hospital. If the latter is the case, then make sure that the doctor has hospital privileges. If he or she does, that is an excellent sign that you will receive top-notch care. The reason is that the vast majority of hospitals only offer these privileges to a select few doctors.
Not only do you want your doctor to be board certified, you also want him or her to nurse-anesthetist or anesthesiologist to be board certified as well. If you will require anesthesia for your procedure, find out exactly what it will entail and get an idea of the potential side effects.