Pre-consult and Consult; Questions to Ask

Look for a Plastic Surgeon who is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)…

A well-trained and experienced surgeon can greatly reduce the risks of cosmetic surgery, but be aware that risk remains.

People with high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol may be at greater risk and should be sure to discuss these conditions with their surgeon.

Make sure your doctor knows of any medications or dietary supplements you are taking.

Questions to Ask when Scheduling an Appointment:

  • Is she certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery?
  • Did he explain procedures, risks, and alternatives in detail and with clarity?
  • Are there realistic expectations?
  • Were all your questions answered thoroughly?
  • Did he answer your questions and listen to your concerns?
  • Do you feel comfortable?

Questions to Ask your Surgeon during the Consultation

  • How many procedures of this type have you performed? Ask to see pictures and to speak with others who have had the same procedure. If you dislike the results you see, it tells you that your surgeon’s best results are below your expectations.
  • Where do you have hospital privileges to perform this surgery? Will surgery be performed in the office or hospital?
  • How will you perform my surgery? Will I be awake or asleep for surgery?
  • Is the surgical facility accredited or in the process of being accredited by a national or state-recognized accrediting organization?
  • What happens in the post operative phase?
  • How much pain will I experience? Will scarring occur?
  • How do you avoid the telltale signs of surgery? Be prepared for the side effects of surgery: pain, swelling, bruising and fluid drainage.
  • How long of a recovery period can I expect, and what kind of help will I need during my recovery? Will I need to take time off work? If so, how long?
  • How much will my procedure cost? Are financing options available?
  • If surgery takes longer than expected, who will pay the extra cost? When surgery is performed in the hospital because the operating room and anesthesia fees may accrue hourly.
  • Do you charge for revision surgery? Know that some procedures have as high as 15-20% revision rate.
  • Will I be charged for follow-up appointments? Expect at least one year of follow-up appointments.
  • Ask your health insurance company whether it will cover the procedure.