You think you might want to improve some aspect of
your appearance. Now what do you do? To help you make your decision,
various sources are available that can provide you with details
about plastic surgery. For instance, countless pages exist about
plastic and reconstructive surgery on the Internet. Some of your
friends or co-workers may also share their cosmetic surgery experiences
with you. Television, magazines, and newspapers offer story upon
story about new techniques and advances in plastic surgery. But
the most valuable time you will spend is during the consultation
with your doctor. Through this interview, you will gain specific
information about the surgery, the doctor, the recovery, and the
results. Equally important, you will get a sense of your comfort
level with the surgeon, his or her skills, and bedside manner.
During your consultation, the doctor will listen as
you express your needs and concerns relating to plastic surgery.
Try to be as specific as possible when explaining what you would
like to have changed, and why. The physician will examine you and
assess your anatomy- specifically, the skin, muscle, fat, bone and
supportive structures. He or she will take into consideration your
medical history and previous surgeries, your age and health status,
and your desired outcome. Together, you and your doctor will formulate
a plan that fits your specific needs and lifestyle.
During your consultation, you will have the opportunity
to ask questions. The following questions can be used as guideline
to insure that you are well informed before making the important
decision of whether or not to proceed with surgery.
|| Where and when did you get your medical
Did you do any additional training or fellowships?
Are you board-certified? In what specialty?
Do you routinely perform the procedure I want?
How many of these procedures have you performed?
Do you have privileges at a hospital to perform the procedure
Do you teach other doctors your techniques?
Have you published any papers or books?
|| What surgical technique will be used?
How long will the procedure take?
How much pain is involved?
Where are the incisions?
What type of anesthesia
the procedure take place in the office, surgery center,
What are the risks
and potential complications?
What can I do to minimize
my risk of complications?
What are the alternatives to this procedure?
|| Will I have to stay overnight at a hospital
or nursing facility?
How long will the swelling and bruising last?
When can I shower?
When can I drive?
When can I go back
When will I look normal?
When will the scars heal?
When will the final results be seen?
|| Can I look at before
and after photographs?
What results can be expected?
How long will the results last?
Will the procedure ever need to be repeated?
Will the results be obvious?
much will this cost?
What do the fees include?
What is not included in the fees?
Is there a discount if several procedures are performed
Will insurance cover part or all of this procedure?
How do I reserve a surgery date?
When is payment due?
Do you accept credit cards?
Is financing available?
|Of course, the decision to have plastic
surgery should not be taken lightly. Before making any decisions,
learn what you can do to prepare
for surgery, and ask yourself
|| Do I feel comfortable with the doctor?
Did the doctor take the time to explain the procedure?
How receptive is the doctor to my questions?
Is the staff friendly and cooperative?
Did I provide all information, completely and honestly?
Once you have had all of your questions answered,
you will be prepared to make a decision. You may actually decide
not to have surgery at all, or to postpone surgery for a while.
On the other hand, now may be the right time to embark on a journey
to a more beautiful you.
Danya B. Hoenig, PA-C is a licensed and certified Physician Assistant
specializing in the field of plastic and reconstructive surgery.
Her husband, Dr. Jonathan Hoenig practices in Los Angeles, California
where he provides the most advanced and innovative techniques in
facial plastic surgery and facial rejuvenation today. To learn more
about facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, visit us on the
web at http://www.la-plastic-surgery.com,
or phone toll free 866-HOENIG9.
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