Over the past decade, it seems cosmetic surgery has became a trend. People from all walks of life seem to be gleefully undergoing cosmetic surgery, or pondering the possibilities. Cosmetic surgeons in Toronto would like to take the time to remind perspective patients, cosmetic surgery is not a stroll through the daisies.
Those joining the ranks of potential plastic surgery candidates should take the time to consider 10 things before undergoing any type of procedure.
- Know the surgeon and their credentials. Take the time to meet and greet the potential surgeon first before agreeing on the procedure. Spend a little time talking with them about the upcoming surgery. Are you comfortable with that person? Find out what credentials they have, including board certification. This can decrease the chance of complications or misdiagnosis before, during and after surgery.
- Learn the surgeon’s reputation and level of experience. Once we get the check on credentials, step two is evaluating the surgeon’s reputation and level of experience. Have they performed the same surgery in the past? Was any special training in this type of procedure received? There is nothing wrong with making inquiries about a potential surgeon.
- What type of results have previous patients shown? Ask for pictures that show the “before” and “after” results from previous patients. This is a great way to get a visual on the surgeon’s level of expertise. Be wary of a doctor who is hesitant to provide any type of reference, especially on a major surgery.
- What surgery results can be expected towards a personal goal? Do not wait till the anesthesia kicks in to inquire about one’s potential after surgery look. Have the surgeon state the possible results and why. Knowing if follow-up procedures and home treatment will be necessary to achieve a goal is important too.
- Risks, possible side-effects and complications during procedures. Cosmetic surgery is not going to be pain free, and there are few exceptions to that rule. We need to know all about risks, potential complications and side effects, before undergoing sedation. Ask these questions in advance and research the internet for your own answers. Know the possibilities. Be aware.
- What is the estimated recovery time? Some cosmetic surgeries have become less invasive and require little recovery time, so ask the nurses and the surgeon for a recovery estimate. It is wise to make preparations for additional recovery time in the case of negative side effects as well.
- Are the results permanent or temporary? This truly depends on the procedure. Treatments such as BOTOX can last from 2 up to 6 months, but Liposuction can be permanent with proper diet and exercise. If temporary results, how long? The vast majority of the cosmetic surgeries are not permanent, generally lasting only a few months. Plan touch up work in accordance.
- Where will the surgery take place? A professional cosmetic surgeon in Toronto would always provide a service at the primary office, or a local hospital. Make sure all treatments are scheduled either at the doctor’s (permanent) office, a known surgical suite, hospital, or an outpatient center. Shopping mall or local bazaar surgeries are not recommended.
- Limitations, restrictions, bathing and personal after surgery care. In some cases, specifically more complex surgeries, patients may need to limit their actions for a few days, weeks, etc. In quick procedures, like permanent make up, a patient can sometimes just continue their daily routine.
- The cost of Perfection. Find out exactly how much insurance is covering, if any, and exactly what out of pocket expense will be incurred, prior to the surgery. Request a budget breakdown of office visit and testing, for any follow-up procedures that will be necessary too. This prevents unpleasant surprises on mail day.