As plastic surgery is becoming common for both men and women, more individuals are seeking surgical procedures for the first time. With that in mind, the staff at PCI Plastic, Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery believes it is vitally important to educate new patients about the basics of plastic surgery, so they can make smart choices about the procedures that will work the best for them. To that end, we have provided five fundamental facts you need to know before you move forward with your plastic surgery procedure.
Choosing the Right Surgeon
These factors should be at the front of your mind as you select your plastic surgeon for your procedure:
- Level of training and experience
- Qualifications, memberships and certifications
- Experience in the procedure you want
- Willingness to explain process, answer questions
- Friendliness and professionalism of staff
Asking the Right Questions
To determine whether a surgeon is the right doctor for you, you will need to ask a few questions, such as:
What are your certifications?
How many of this specific procedure have you performed?
Can I see before and after photos of previous patients?
Why am I a good candidate for this procedure?
What should I expect during the recovery period?
When will I see results and how long will they last?
Preparing for Your Procedure
Most plastic surgery procedures require some preparation beforehand, such as stopping certain medications to prevent possible complications. Your surgeon is likely to give you a list of instructions, which should be followed to the letter to ensure the best possible outcome from your procedure. If you have any questions about your pre-operative instructions, contact your surgeon’s office prior to your procedure.
It is important to know that the results of your plastic surgery procedure will not likely be seen right away. Your body will need time to heal from the procedure before the outcome will begin to be evident. Make sure you ask your surgeon prior to your surgery how long it might take to see the results, so you don’t become discouraged with the healing process.
Making Time for Recovery
Like any surgery, there will be a period of recovery that typically involves bruising, swelling and a degree of discomfort. The more rest you give your body, the more successfully your body will heal from the procedure. Follow your surgeon’s instructions on how long to take off work and how to care for yourself during the recovery process to ensure the best possible results from your procedure.
Plastic surgery is a major undertaking that involves an investment of time and money. However, most patients find that with the right preparation, the results of their procedure are well worth the effort. To learn more about your options in plastic surgery, contact PCI Plastic, Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery at 319-382-8230.