As you look for a plastic surgeon to perform a cosmetic plastic procedure that you wish to have done such as a rhinoplasty, a tummy tuck, an eyebrow lift or a breast lift, it is essential that you ask the doctor some very specific questions. After all, the surgeon will be responsible for the changes made to your appearance and while you are on the operating table both himself and the anesthesiologist will hold your life in their hands. That is why asking the right questions is so important when it comes to which surgeon to choose.
When you are comfortably seated in the office of the plastic surgeon, you need to ask him some pointed questions. Do not allow yourself to feel intimidated. You have every right to ask these questions. If the surgeon is the professional that you need him to be then he will be used to answering the types of questions that you are going to ask him.
Here are three questions that you must ask of every plastic surgeon that you interview to do your surgical procedure:
How many of these procedures have you performed in the past? If you are like most prospective patients, you do not want to be a guinea pig for a plastics doctor! You want to find a physician who has perfected the techniques he uses. If he has performed 50 of these operations then that is good, but 150 to 200 of them would be even better! Do not feel embarrassed to ask this question and do not feel that it is rude. You have the right to ask these questions of any doctor who will be operating on your face or body.
What other staff members will be involved in the plastic surgery procedure? All surgeons have a support team that works with them to perform various duties before, during and after the operation. You need to find out what other members of the team will be assisting in the procedure. Find out who will be giving you the anesthesia and will be monitoring it (the qualifications of the anesthesiologist are important to your safety and well-being). You also need to find out if there will be emergency personnel on site in the event that something goes wrong. While you do not want to envision a nightmare scenario, you do want to prepare for anything that might take place when you are unconscious.
The third question that you must ask of the plastic surgeon is- what kind of anesthesia will be used for the operation? The highest risk that could occur is related to the use of general anesthesia. This type of anesthesia is such that you will be completely unconscious during the entire procedure. It must be carefully administered as well as monitored by medical specialists who are highly trained in this area. The patient’s vital signs must be watched very carefully. IV sedation is slightly safer and less costly while local anesthetic means that the patient is awake but drowsy and can be talked to by the surgeon. Local anesthetic however is not a viable option for many types of cosmetic surgery procedures.