Preparing for a plastic or cosmetic surgery can be overwhelming, but the more knowledge you have, the more power (and confidence). If you’re considering an important procedure, get the facts and ask for information. The right plastic or cosmetic surgeon will be happy to answer any questions you may have. Armed with knowledge, you’ll feel more comfortable and ready to head into your surgery, especially when you have spent time speaking with your surgeon. Here are 8 questions you can put to your cosmetic surgeon:

What are your credentials & training?

It’s always a good idea to discern the qualifications of your potential surgeon. Their accreditations and certifications can demonstrate their skill level as well as confirm their positive reputation within the surgical community.

How frequently do you perform this procedure?

How often does the surgeon perform the surgery that you’re considering? Whether or not your surgeon specialises in a certain procedure or if it’s one they perform regularly, it is helpful to understand the regularity of your surgery. This also demonstrates the surgeon’s own experience with the procedure.

May I speak with previous patients?

A plastic surgeon may be able to show you before and after photos of patients, which can be very helpful, but sometimes you may be able to get in contact with past patients. Hearing a positive referral can give you the peace of mind to go into your surgery more readily.

What type of anaesthesia will I be given?

It’s important to speak to your surgeon about how you will be anaesthetised during the procedure. You should ask not only the type of anaesthesia that will be used, but who will administer it and how the process works.

What can I expect in terms of recovery?

This is a vital question to ask prior to undergoing any surgery. You will need to plan and prepare ahead of time for your recovery period. Your surgeon can let you know the anticipated time it will take to recover, and discuss the possibility of any complications and how they would be handled. While discussing recovery, ask your surgeon for suggestions on how you can best contribute to your own healing process.

Am I a good candidate for this procedure?

The best surgeons know that their are risks involved in any procedure, and they only recommend options that suit the patient in question. Choose a surgeon who is willing to discuss this openly with you, and who lets you know that you are well suited and in good health for the specific procedure or procedures.

Are there any alternatives to this procedure, and if so, what are they?

Your surgeon should also be willing to discuss alternatives with you. Many patients prefer to try non-invasive options whenever possible or other alternate means of transforming the body. Your surgeon should provide a comprehensive picture of your situation and all the possible options.

What are the possible side effects?

Lastly, be sure to find out about any possible side effects from the procedure. It’s necessary to be prepared for any outcome, and to be knowledgeable about the possibilities. This ensures you’re able to make the best decision for you and for your health.

Another question you may have, though not for the surgeon, is how will I pay for my cosmetic surgery? ACA Cosmetic is your answer, with high quality finance options right for all situations. Contact our warm and helpful team today to discuss your finance needs and find some solutions.