Every day we make choices. Some decisions are minor, such as what to eat for lunch. Others are major, such as choosing the person who will perform your cosmetic surgery.
The results of a plastic surgery procedure will be with you for months, years, or your entire life. If you’ve been seriously considering any procedure, whether it’s plastic surgery or a more non-invasive option, talk with prospective surgeons before making a decision. When choosing a surgeon, here are factors to keep in mind to help you make the best choice.
Education and training
Surprisingly, some physicians who perform cosmetic procedures aren’t trained in plastic surgery at all. Some surgeons lack experience with the procedure, or failed to undergo plastic surgery training during their residencies. Be sure to ask about this, as it will have a tremendous impact on your surgeon’s skills.
How often they perform procedures
Practice makes perfect. If your surgeon is willing to perform breast augmentation surgery, but only performs them once every few months, consider using a different surgeon. You want your surgeon to specialize in that procedure and perform it on a regular basis.
Impressive before-and-after photos
Ask to see before-and-after photos of the surgeon’s past work. Just as you would look at the work of an interior designer before they make over your home, you should review the work of your surgeon before he or she makes over your appearance. These photos can reveal a lot about their skills and success rates. This is one of the best ways to see for yourself if the surgeon is qualified to do what you want.
Surgeon’s patience and competence
When you’re considering cosmetic procedures, there are no dumb questions. Ask them all, and get clear and educated answers from your surgeon. Your surgeon should be realistic about expectations, but confident that he or she can do a great job. A professional surgeon should never make you feel as if you’re taking up too much of his or her time, and should easily address any concerns. If you feel like you’re not receiving truthful answers, or the surgeon skates around your concerns, look elsewhere.
Clarity about costs
Everyone deserves an honest answer about what a surgery or procedure will cost. A great surgeon has no trouble giving you an upfront total price, and you shouldn’t have to negotiate or haggle. A qualified plastic surgery practice also accepts many major insurance policies for covered procedures, and should offer financing for non-covered procedures.
Now that you know the basics for an important consultation, prepare questions and choose a surgeon who will give you a confident, beautiful new look. To schedule your no-obligation consultation with a qualified surgeon at Monarch Plastic Surgery, contact us today.