Plastic surgery can change your life. This is not a cliché. Plastic surgery changes the way you look, but it also changes the way you feel about yourself. It can give you the confidence you need to move forward in your career, in your relationships and in your day to day interactions. If you have been considering plastic surgery, you know that it can also be a pretty scary decision. You want a “new” you, but you are not sure if you can really do it!
We want to help! We have seen the awesome transformations in our patients and we want that for you! We know you have questions, and we have the answers! The more you know about plastic surgery, the better equipped you are at making a decision. Here are a few things that you should consider before having plastic surgery:
- Your Surgeon Matters!
We can’t say it enough! Your surgeon matters! When looking for a plastic surgeon, it is imperative that you check out their credentials. Board certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery ensures that your surgeon has undergone extensive training and continuing education in the field of plastic surgery. You should look for a surgeon who excels at performing the procedure you wish to have. While other surgeons, such as dermatologists and general surgeons, can perform cosmetic procedures, they are not educated in the techniques used by plastic surgeons to get optimal results.
- Have Realistic Expectations!
Cosmetic surgery is designed to help you look and feel better about yourself, but with that being said, it is not going to change underlying conditions. If you are currently overweight or you yo-yo back and forth, then plastic surgery is not going to make you lose the weight or keep it off for good. It is recommended for anyone who wants a procedure, such as a tummy tuck, liposuction or body lift, to be within 20 pounds of their goal weight and that they have maintained that weight for at least six months.
- No Smoking Allowed!
Smoking harms the body and decreases the body’s ability to heal properly. Smoking slows the healing process, greatly increasing the chance of infection, which is a life-threatening condition. It is important that you stop smoking weeks before your surgery and you do not begin again once your surgery is completed. Take this chance to kick the habit for good so you can enjoy your new look!
- Understand the Risks!
Just like with any surgery, there are risks associated with plastic surgery. Choosing the right surgeon reduces these risks greatly, but it is vital to completely understand the effects of anesthesia and what could happen during surgery. The more knowledge you have about all aspects of your procedure, the more comfortable you will be about your decision. Stress and worry can jeopardize your recovery, so getting all the facts before your surgery will pave the way for an easier recovery period.
- Know the Cost!
Most plastic surgery, except for breast reductions, breast reconstruction and occasionally tummy tucks, is not covered by insurance. Your surgeon will discuss the cost of your procedure during your consultation. It may be tempting to go with the surgeon who is the cheapest, but that may not be the best idea. You are going to want someone who knows what they are doing and who upholds the highest standards in safety. That is definitely more important! We know that the cost is a significant part of deciding on plastic surgery, so we offer financing options so that you do not have to sacrifice exceptional care.
When you schedule a consultation with a surgeon, you will have the opportunity to discuss the previous information, plus ask any additional questions that you may have. You should not leave your consultation with unasked or unanswered questions! Knowledge goes a long way in making your decision easier. It is also the perfect opportunity to see how well you connect with the surgeon, making sure that you feel confident and comfortable in his or her care. It is important to remember that results can vary from person to person, but the quality of care that you receive from your surgeon should be exceptional, no matter what!
We are taking new clients daily and our staff is available to help you make one of the biggest decisions of your life. You can call our office today to schedule a consultation with our board-certified surgeon.