Making the decision to have cosmetic surgery is a personal choice and can be life altering in many aspects of your life: socially, emotionally, professionally and in your relationships. After having done your preliminary homework on the Internet, talked to those who have had cosmetic procedures and determined that you have the budget, the second decision is to find the right plastic or cosmetic surgeon. This will take some due diligence.
Choosing the right physician involves 4 key questions:
1. Are they properly trained?
Plastic and cosmetic medicine has multi-disciplinary specialties. Aesthetic surgeons require additional training within cosmetic surgery, and they are often considered the true sculptors of their craft.
2. What kind of training and/or procedures are they most familiar?
The treatments and procedures within cosmetic medicine are just as diverse as the physicians who perform the procedures. From Botox injections and Coolsculpting to using PRP’s, for filling wrinkles and for joint pain, physicians tend to tell you what they know, and with the current advancements using PRP’s, most plastics surgeons are slow to change their practice. With the power of the Internet, the public is more educated and are seeking out these procedures that have shown better aesthetic outcomes, cost effective and more specific to their needs.
3. Ask to see before and after photos.
Since cosmetic and aesthetic medicine is truly a visual service, ask to see patient photos. Examine the differences and inquire as to how much time passed between photographs. The greater the time between photographs; the better long-term aesthetic result you will see.
4. Get to know your health risks.
For example, if you are considering a breast augmentation, saline or silicone implants possess the greatest risk to your health. Implants block mammograms, so if you have a family history or a personal history of cancer, implants may prevent diagnosis. In addition, implants have been known to leak or rupture, resulting in replacement within 10 years. Although the results are obvious, the product is artificial and many women prefer natural.