Once you have made the decision to get cosmetic surgery, it is time to decide who to contact for your cosmetic surgery needs. When choosing a surgeon consider following the step by step guide below:
Do some research: If you need to know who the best surgeon in your area is for the particular type of change you want done on your body, ask one of your friends, check the local hospital, or search the Internet. All these methods of cosmetic surgeons are legitimate.
Check the surgeon's credentials: Furthermore, you should check the surgeon's credentials. It is important not only that this type of surgeon is a medical doctor, but that this medical doctor has training specifically in cosmetic surgery. Usually when you interview with a doctor, you will see on the wall that doctor's practicing licenses, as well as the areas of medical study the doctor has expertise in. You may even ask where else the doctor has worked, and follow up on a reference check.
If you are sent to a doctor to whom you were referred by a friend or family member, you can ask the person who referred you some questions. Remember, no question is a dumb question, and you should ask that person everything you want to know, in order to make sure that doctor is also right for you.
Take a look at photos of previous patients: Often a cosmetic surgeon will have before and after pictures of reconstructive surgery of patients. Some patients have had wrinkles removed, breasts enlarged or reduced, hair transplants, liposuction, jaw surgery, buttocks reshaping, and fat transfers. If you are impressed with the change of these people, then you are most likely to feel comfortable with this surgeon's work.
See how you may look after surgery: Some of the best cosmetic surgeons will show you a computer simulation which will represent how you will look after surgery. This has helped many people decide if the surgery is worth the time, cost, and energy.
Find out about recovery plans: This is the most important aspect of choosing a surgeon for your reconstructive needs. A good cosmetic surgeon will tell you what to do during the weeks proceeding and following the cosmetic surgery, such as the affects of surgery, and what to expect during the healing process. In addition, that surgeon will also need to know how long before and after you will be allowed to eat, what diet you should be on, and the emotional effects of patients after surgery. Likewise, that same doctor will guide you in how to deal with the reaction of family, friends and co-workers who may have mixed feelings about your decision to get cosmetic surgery.
Find out what technical procedures are used: Modern technological equipment used in cosmetic surgery includes lasers, endoscopes, computers and more. Equipment such as this will speed up the surgery process, shorten the recovery time, and reduce the amount of pain following surgery. Make sure that you find out the risks and benefits of each type of surgery equipment before committing yourself to the surgery.
Furthermore, make sure that you pick a cosmetic surgeon who will use the safest, least invasive, and most advanced techniques available. You owe it to yourself to get what you put into your surgery; because it costs you time, money, energy, and also will affect your future.
Inquire about the outcome: A good doctor, no matter what the field that person is an expert of, will tell you the possible outcomes of having cosmetic surgery. He will tell you thoroughly what to expect, including possible ways to fix any flaws afterwards. That way you will be prepared for what ever may come to mind, and will not be shocked if something goes wrong. It is important for you to know exactly what you are getting into, so be sure to ask the surgeon, or potential surgeon as many questions as possible.
In fact it may be best for you to make a list of questions before you go in. Some examples of questions you may ask the surgeon are how long the recovery time is, or whether or not there will be any pain. You can also ask whether or not their will be any scars, bruises, or swelling, and how long it will last. Do not be afraid you will be asking too many questions. It is the surgeon's job to make you feel comfortable, and to be honest with you.
Prepare for a possible letdown: There is one more thing you should keep in mind when you decide on a cosmetic surgery. Some patients have been known to be depressed after surgery. This is often caused by the fact that you may expect to look like a totally different person as soon as the surgery is completed.
A good cosmetic surgeon will have prepared you beforehand for this possibility. Therefore, make sure that you end up with a cosmetic surgeon who encourages you, guides you, and comforts you through the entire process, as well as educates you on what to expect.
About reactions from friends and family: Most well educated and experienced physicians who perform cosmetic surgery will prepare you for every aspect of the surgery. Many people think it is wrong to have this type of surgery, and they will shun you from doing so for a variety of reasons. They may say that if you receive surgery you are no longer your true self, and you no longer have the body you were born with. Others might say that the procedure is a waste of money, or just may not think that you need the surgery. It is important for a cosmetic surgeon to prepare you for the wide range of reactions you may witness in people, before, during and after your surgery.
Furthermore, the well-respected, compassionate surgeon will make sure you are doing this for yourself, and for no one else. If you have this surgery done just because someone else does not think you are pretty enough, or that something is wrong with you, you may never heal emotionally from this instance. A good surgeon will tell you that you should do what is right for you, and make sure that this is really something you want to follow through with. Not only that, but he will also tell you that even if others react negatively, it does not mean that you should not have the surgery. In this case, he will most likely have access to a support group or advise you to connect with people who will support your decision.
Be sure that you follow the above procedures for finding a qualified cosmetic surgeon. If you make a well thought out decision, your chances of having a successful surgery will increase. Not only will your surgery be successful but your overall quality of life will often take a turn for the best
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