6 Important Questions to Ask Plastic Surgeons
Finding the right cosmetic plastic surgeon for you could take weeks or months. And that’s understandable, because it’s an important decision to make. After all, you have to find a surgeon who understands what you want and if they can give you your desired results.
So which questions should be in your list to ask plastic surgeons before you consider them? Dr. Mulholland provides a couple of suggestions you should raise during consultations. “Ensure your plastic surgeon is extremely experienced in the procedure or procedures you are interested in,” he says.
You should also ask:
- How many procedures do you perform every year?
- How long have you been performing them?
- What are the potential risks and complications of the surgery?
- How many complications have you experienced?
- How do you manage these complications?
- Is your facility government-certified?
Make sure you’re looking at the plastic surgeon’s before and after photos of past patients of the procedure you’re interested in. You’ll find these photos on their websites. Usually, there are more photos to go through when you’re in their office. To take it a step further, see if you can get in touch with patients who had the procedure already. You’ll find out what these patients’ experiences were like with the surgeon and team who helps in post-operative care.
It’d be surprising if people weren’t researching online about their plastic surgeons. You can easily find out if your surgeon has faced lawsuits or complaints. Search for the local provincial college to find out this information or browse through the Canadian Malpractice Protective Association.
Online reviews are also worthwhile to look at. They’re the new form of word-of-mouth and referrals. Research shows that 92% of consumers read online reviews now. To add on to that, 88% of consumers who research a cosmetic procedure won’t consider a doctor who doesn’t have any patient reviews.
“Busy cosmetic plastic surgeons have several patients who leave positive reviews and sometimes they will get negative ones. However, these negative reviews should allow you to get a balanced opinion of the quality of the surgeon,” says Dr. Mulholland. Potential patients read these reviews to learn about the surgeon’s expertise, demeanor and if the surgeon sounds like the right doctor for them.
These are just some steps and questions to ask before picking a plastic surgeon. There’s no such thing as asking too many questions or doing too much research. You’ll only be more prepared for your cosmetic procedure and hopefully feel more at ease when the day finally comes.