Seven Questions You Need to Ask Your Plastic Surgeon
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Before you undergo any plastic surgery procedure, you should prepare by asking your surgeon these seven vital questions.
Am I good candidate for this procedure?
Just because you want a specific cosmetic procedure, does not mean that it's safe for you. Sometimes medical histories, current health, and your individual physical structure may preclude your eligibility from undergoing procedures or certain techniques. People with heart problems, smokers, drug users, and those with any other health issues should discuss this with their surgeon before undergoing any treatments. Some surgeons may even require blood tests or a physical to ensure you are a good candidate for surgery.
What should I prepare for pre-surgery?
Some surgeries may require as many as a two to three months of prep time before the surgery date. Quitting smoking is often at the top of the list, along with occasional oral or topical medication regimes, dieting, and exercise. You will also probably have to do some special preparation right before the surgery, such as filling prescriptions for pain medication and washing with a special soap and shampoo.
What will happen during the surgery?
Most people like to gloss over the gory parts and get straight to the results of the operation, but it's important to know the basics of what is happening to your body while you are dozing away under the anesthetic. Knowing some of the surgical details will help you understand the healing process.
What should I expect post-op?
After your operation, you'll probably be given a list of instructions to help guide you through the recovery period. Many procedures require someone else to take you home from the hospital, and possibly even help you through your first few days of recovery. You also may have to change wound dressing, apply topical medications, and follow other orders. You'll also want specific instructions in any complications or emergencies should arise.
When will the stitches be removed?
Stitches, drainage tubes, and other after surgery dressings will often need to be removed by the surgeon one to two weeks after the procedure. Normally this only takes a few minutes. At this time the surgeon should also monitor the healing process and give further instructions if necessary. At this point, some surgeons may wish to see you again in a few weeks, or if everything looks normal they may not want to see you for another six months to a year.
What results can I expect?
Surgeons aren't magicians and can't read your mind, so it's important to be clear on what you'd like and to understand what is possible. Dissatisfaction after surgery is not uncommon, but many times can be prevented by realistic expectations of the patient and clear communication with the surgeon. Your surgeon should be able to provide you with a fairly reliable and honest assessment of how he expects the treatment to turn out.
What are the risks and complications?
Every surgery comes with risks and complications, and you should be well-aware of them as well as what signs to look for in case one does arise.