10 Questions to ask your plastic surgeon

If you are looking into plastic surgery, it is critical to select the right surgeon for you. For most people this will involve some online research, talking to your GP or seeking out recommendations from people you know.

Once you have done your initial research and you are booking your consultation, make sure that you take with you a list of questions you want to raise.

This one-on-one meeting is an essential part of your decision to have plastic surgery. Be sure to take notes so that you remember what the doctor tells you. Here are some suggestions:

Never be afraid to ask a surgeon about his or her qualifications, where he/she has practiced and for how long. Most surgeons will be happy to share this information with you.

Find a plastic surgeon who specialises in the procedure you’re considering.

During your consultation, the plastic surgeon will evaluate your suitability for the plastic surgery you are considering.

A good surgeon will consider factors such as:

Your medical history and overall health—you need to be in good health to undergo surgery and the recovery process.

Your goals and expectations for plastic surgery—a patient with realistic goals has the best chance of satisfaction.

Other factors that may affect you after surgery—for example, if you plan to have more children your surgeon will likely advise you to postpone having a breast lift or tummy tuck.

Ask your surgeon to recommend a different procedure than the one you have in mind if he or she feels it is better suited to giving you the results you want.

During your consultation, the plastic surgeon should show you before and after photos of his/her work.

This will help you get an idea of the surgeon’s skills, as well as the results you can expect from your surgery.

Find out if your surgery is performed on an inpatient or outpatient basis.

Always get all the facts so you can make an informed decision about the surgery you are considering.

Plastic surgery is either categorised as ‘Medical’ or ‘Cosmetic’. Ask your surgeon to discuss with you whether your surgery is likely to be covered by Medicare Rebates.

It’s important to know how long it should take you to recuperate after your surgery. Your surgeon will let you know how soon after surgery you’ll be able to resume your normal activities. Knowing this, you can arrange your business and personal schedule to allow yourself the time you need to fully recover.

Your satisfaction should be paramount to your surgeon. In the event you are less than satisfied with any aspect of your surgery, your surgeon should meet with you and recommend the best way to remedy the situation.