Going through with any cosmetic surgical procedure, whether it’s a simple breast augmentation of a complex tummy tuck, is something that every patient should take seriously. During consultations many patients struggle to remember important questions they might have about the procedure, possible outcomes and aftercare. This list of four questions should help cover most of the vital information needed to feel safe and knowledgable about your surgery.
Is your surgeon qualified and experienced in your chosen procedure?
In the same way you wouldn’t expect a certified plastic surgeon to perform neurosurgery, you shouldn’t expect an OBGYN to be able to perform a tummy tuck. Only plastic surgeons are qualified and trained with techniques to give the best results possible in cosmetic and reconstructive surgeries, experienced surgeons will have plenty of before and after photos to showcase their hard work and expertise.
What are common issues patients experience after the procedure?
There are some common problems that cause patients undue stress following procedures, that would not if they were thoroughly explained before undergoing surgery. Ask your doctor what you should expect to see and feel while recovering from surgery and what to look for that could be a more unusual issue.
What should you expect during recovery?
Every surgical procedure has a very different recovery process and different things to avoid. How long the recovery period lasts also varies between procedures, breast augmentation patients may begin to feel back to their usual selves in a matter of days while the recovery following a tummy tuck is longer. Following breast augmentation patient avoid carrying heavy objects, arm exercises and reaching for high objects, however after a Brazilian Butt Lift patients must avoid applying and sort of pressure to the buttocks. Some of these directions may seem obvious but it is important to be absolutely clear on any instructions before undergoing surgery.
What results can you realistically expect from your surgery?
While any surgeon will do their best to create results that are as close to what the patient desires as possible, there are sometimes physical limitations to how close they can get to achieving this. Either because of the patients safety or simply because there is only so much surgery can achieve. Make sure that before surgery your expectations and desires are in line with your surgeons so that you can have the greatest confidence in the outcome of your procedure.
It is always important to address any concerns with your doctor, take notes or ask a family member to go with you if you feelthat you may forget key point made during your consultation.
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