Top 5 Questions to Ask Your Plastic Surgeon
Some patients, especially those who are on their first consultation, can occasionally be intimidated in the presence of their plastic surgeon While understandable, it undermines the purpose of such sessions which is to open the line of communication between patient and physician In the absence of... | Read More
Some patients, especially those who are on their first consultation, can occasionally be intimidated in the presence of their plastic surgeon. While understandable, it undermines the purpose of such sessions which is to open the line of communication between patient and physician.
In the absence of hesitation, doctors would be able to address the perceived information imbalance by giving patients ample time and opportunity to ask their own questions and together, address pending concerns.
(See also: Choosing the Right Plastic Surgeon)
Memorial Plastic Surgery Surgeons Answered their Five Favorite Questions
Among the numerous inquiries our doctors are plied with, the five listed below emerge as favorites. They have been dubbed as such not because they are trivial, but because they are great indicators of how the relationship between doctor and patient will go.
1. What results can I realistically expect?
Even though most patients claim to have reasonable expectations, you might be surprised how often people harbor dreams they perhaps didn’t even realize they had. Plastic surgeons especially appreciate it if you don’t ask them to replicate a celebrity’s body part.
2. What factors will contribute to my surgical outcome?
Patients need to understand that there’s a long list of factors that will influence the outcome, not just the plastic surgeon’s skills and experience. These factors include age, skin’s elasticity, smoking history, nutrition level and more. Mother nature is a very involved third party as well.
3. What are the key things I can do before surgery to ensure a good experience?
Our plastic surgeons mentioned this question as a favorite. It allows them to reiterate specific instructions, such as preparing for general or sedation anesthesia with anti-nausea measures on-hand, and more general instructions about which medications to suspend, when to stop consuming alcohol and smoking, and so on.
4. During recovery, what should I be patients with, keep an eye on, or be alarmed about?
Patients should contact their surgeons if they noticed bleeding, asymmetric chest enlargement or significant pain, or if they have any other concerns. Ask if there’s information online you can access during your recovery or a medical assistant you can call.
5. What can I do to maximize and prolong my results?
From advice about wearing a surgical bra after your procedure to investing in good quality bras for the long run; from protecting your face from the elements right after facelift surgery to wearing sunscreen every day, our plastic surgeons are glad to tell their patients everything they know about prolonging the effects of surgery.
We are happy to welcome you back for another procedure in the future – a different procedure. We too want your results to last and last.
*This blog is created and maintained for informational purposes only. The images present may not accurately reflect actual cases per individual. Individual cases are unique, and the descriptions and solutions will vary per patient.