Best Questions to Ask Your Prospective Plastic Surgeon
Picking a plastic surgeon to perform your procedure is no small decision. Though the alterations to your body may only be cosmetic, it is still a medical procedure. Choosing the right plastic surgeon is crucial for your safety as well as achieving the best outcome.
We recommend that before agreeing to any procedure, you ask a prospective surgeon these questions. That way, you can be certain that the surgeon has the right qualifications and experience to help you achieve the body you want.
“Are you certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery?”
First and foremost, make sure any prospective surgeon is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. It’s the most esteemed plastic surgery board in the United States offering certifications. It’s important to note that a variety of cosmetic and plastic surgeries can be performed by someone who does not specialize in plastic surgery. This is concerning, as they may not have adequate experience or training to achieve satisfying results.
If a surgeon is certified by the board, that means they have completed specialized medical education and training in plastic surgery. In other words, they are uniquely qualified to perform safe plastic surgery procedures and meet patients’ cosmetic goals.
“What are your qualifications and credentials?”
This really is a catch-all. Where did they go to medical school? Is it an accredited university? How long have they been practicing plastic surgery? How much training, education, and experience do they have regarding the specific procedure you’re interested in? Another great qualification to look for is an affiliation with hospitals or prestigious universities. These will all give you an idea of whether or not you’re in good hands.
“Can I see some pictures of past procedure results?”
The catch with plastic surgery is that there’s no one-size-fits-all surgeon. Regardless of a surgeon’s qualifications, you may find you simply don’t like how their patients look after a procedure. It’s a matter of taste. Ask for some pictures to see if the plastic surgeon’s results line up with your own preferences. Just remember to ask about a specific surgery, so you can get an accurate idea of what you may look like afterward.
“Can you tell me about the facility where the surgery will be performed?”
Will there be a qualified, board-certified anesthesiologist present? What about emergency and anesthesia equipment? You need to make sure they will be using updated, top-of-the-line equipment for your safety and your comfort. Patients should look for a surgeon who performs procedures at well-equipped and fully-staffed facilities.
“Do you have some testimonials for me to review?”
If you’re looking to learn more about a surgeon, it’s hard to do better than learning what their past patients have to say. These can give you insight into how prior patients felt before, during, and after their procedures. Looking online for reviews is another good option.
“Can you give me an all-inclusive quote?”
Of course, it’s best to know ahead of time how much money you’ll have to pay out of pocket. Just remember, when it comes to your body and your health, it’s never a good idea to make a decision based on cost alone.
Call Dr. Mucci’s office today to learn more about what to look for in a prospective plastic surgeon.