Every plastic surgery experience begins with a one-on-one consultation with a plastic surgeon. Asking the right questions helps you better prepare for the procedure and know what results to expect.
Here, Dr. Lloyd Landsman shares important questions to ask at your plastic surgery consultation.
Get to Know the Plastic Surgeon
The success of your results hinges on the skill and experience of the plastic surgeon that performs the procedure. You must ensure that he or she has the right credentials and qualifications. Here are a few questions to ask your surgeon:
- Are you board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery? The ABPS is the only board recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties to oversee plastic surgeons.
- Have you completed advanced training or fellowship programs? Advanced training is a good indicator that the surgeon has furthered honed their skills and knowledge in plastic surgery.
- Do you have hospital privileges? If so, where?
- Is your surgical facility accredited by a national- and/or state-recognized accrediting agency? Is it state-licensed or Medicare-certified? Accredited surgical facilities are properly equipped to handle medical emergencies.
- How many years have you been practicing?
- How frequently do you perform the procedure(s) I am interested in?
- How do you handle complications?
- Can I see before-and-after photos of past patients?
- Can I read patient testimonials and reviews?
Learn about Your Procedure(s) of Choice
Research the procedure(s) that you are interested in and come to your consultation prepared with questions. Here are questions to get you started:
- Will the procedure(s) help me achieve the cosmetic results I want?
- Am I a candidate for the procedure(s)?
- Is there anesthesia involved?
- What happens during the procedure?
- How long does the procedure take?
- When will I be able to return home?
- What is the recovery like?
- How much time off work should I take?
- When can I resume exercise?
- Will I need to take medication after surgery?
- What are the risks involved?
- Are there any side effects I should know about?
- What are my alternatives?
- When will I see my results?
- How do I maintain results?
- What are my options if I am not satisfied with the outcome of the procedure?
Understand Your Payment Options
The majority of cosmetic procedures are not covered by medical insurance. For this reason, you should ask the following questions:
- What is the cost of the procedure?
- What is included in the cost? Be sure to consider the cost of aftercare, including follow-up appointments.
- What are my payment options?
- Do you offer affordable financing?
To schedule a personal consultation with Long Island plastic surgeon Dr. Landsman, contact his practice today.