September 27, 2018
Undergoing any type of surgery can be a daunting experience to look forward to. Undergoing plastic surgery can be one of those experiences that most people will actually be looking forward to, because it can be a very positive, life changing experience. Because you are trying to make an aesthetic alteration to something that has been bothering you for some time and something that you were not happy with about your appearance. You know that at the end of it you will have a more pleasing appearance, an appearance that you will be more satisfied with. But even though it is bringing about a positive outcome, it is still involves risks of surgery, and there are certain aspects of it that you should be clearly aware of and prepared for when you head into it. Because this will further boost your confidence when going into the surgery and make you feel good about your decision to undergo such a surgery in the first place.
This is the reason why you need to build up a good rapport with your consulting surgeon, so that you can voice all you concerns regarding the surgery. A comfortable doctor-patient relationship means that you will be able to put forth any questions you might have and have discussion regarding it with your doctor. Because even though you are eager to get started on this life changing surgery, you have to make sure that you are confident about what you are heading into. So here a list of must ask question during your consultation with your surgeon.
The accreditation of your surgeon is very important, because if the surgeon has been accredited by the governing body of the country, then it means he/she has undergone all the rigorous educational, training and ethical criteria that has been put in place, to make them extremely competent surgeons, suited to meet the requirements for the general public of the country. This can be of great helping in boosting your confidence, because you know that you are in safe hands.
This again will indicate the competency of your doctor, and this includes how many years he/she has been practicing as a plastic surgeon, because the more vast the experience the better the outcome of the surgery is going to be. You also have to ask how many of the said surgeries he/she has performed, because even though your surgeon might have years of practice you still don’t want to be the first person on whom he/she is going to be performing the said procedure.
This can be assessed by asking to have a look at the before and after photographs of the doctor’s previous patients. Because if patient have been extremely satisfies with the end result of the surgery they would have been more than happy to share photographs with the doctor, and the doctor in turn will be happy to show them to you. If your doctor refuses, then this should raise some concern, and you should be vary about it.
Just like a doctor’s board accreditation, the hospitals in which he/she works in also is indicative of the competency of the doctor. Because if he/she has been approved by the committee of a reputable hospital, then it means that he has met the strict criteria they might have set forth. Once you know which hospitals your doctor operates in, then you should also make sure to find out how adequate the facilities in these hospitals are regarding staff competency, availability of equipment, as well as the safety and sanitary protocols that they follow.
Once all of these questions have been answered, you should also ask your doctor in detail regarding the procedure you are about to undergo. Such as what can be done prior to the surgery in order to optimize the outcome of the surgery, and what the recovery period of the surgery is going to be. You also must question your doctor regarding the possible complications that can arise, either during the surgery of even after it. And it is only when you have received satisfactory answers to all of the above questions that you should make you decision about going ahead with the surgery.