Selection of the plastic surgeonA good start is to seek information about the plastic surgeon. You must make sure that the doctor has a specialty in plastic surgery. Check if the doctor belongs to any association or accrediting board such as the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Find out about their years of experience and, very importantly, how many years they have been performing the procedure that interests you. Avoid using the cost of surgery as a criterion for selecting your doctor. This should be the last thing on your priority list. Remember that “cheap is expensive”.

Soak Up Information

Finding information and getting oriented about the procedure to be performed is another important step prior to surgery or cosmetic procedure. An educated and well informed patient will have better communication with his surgeon. The internet is an excellent tool to obtain valuable information. Of course, be sure to visit reliable portals: the “.org”, such as the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, or the “.edu”. In these sites you can obtain more information about the type of surgery you are going to have, what it consists of, what the recovery process will be and how long it will take, among other things. Your surgeon should also have an informational brochure available that explains what to do before, during, and after surgery.

Preoperative Evaluation

Before performing a cosmetic procedure or surgery the surgeon has to make sure the patient is healthy. The laboratory tests that may be required will depend on the characteristics of the patient, their age, their medical history, the medications they use, and the surgery or procedure to be performed. Some of the tests that are ordered could be to know the levels of hemoglobin and sugar and the clotting times, among others. In certain cases, a chest plate and electrocardiogram may be required. When the procedure is performed in the same office or is minimally invasive, these tests are usually not necessary.

Interview With The Anesthesiologist

An important step in the preoperative process is the interview with the anesthesiologist. The anesthesiologist in addition to administering anesthesia, monitors the patient throughout the procedure. In this interview you will be able to discuss with him or her other aspects of the surgery that are also important, such as the type of anesthesia that will be used, what are the risks and possible complications. It is important that in that interview you mention all the medications you are taking and medical conditions you suffer from, as well as anything relevant to your medical history.  

One Last Visit To The Surgeon

Finally, be sure to clarify with your surgeon – before undergoing the procedure – any questions you may have. During this visit, it is advisable to review any previous details with the doctor and you can discuss any questions or last minute changes. It is important that your expectations about the results are real and that the doctor explains to you what is the result that he understands that you are going to obtain.