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Cosmetic Surgery, What you need to know

what you need to know I prefer to meet with patients before their initial consultation with a physician, so they are aware of all possible options and topics to be discussed. The following is some abbreviated information that may help you with the consultation process. I normally discuss these points at length, but it may help to keep them in mind while making your decision.

Choosing your surgeon

First, you must ensure the physician’s level of education, training and experience meets your needs. There are a number of ways to do this. As long as you are careful and do your research, you can make an informed choice. Should you have any questions or doubts about a surgeon’s certification, you can call the “Directory of Certified Medical Specialists”. This information is also available in most libraries.

In a consultation, don’t be afraid to ask questions- no matter how trivial you think they may be. It’s the responsibility of the physician to answer your questions honestly and thoroughly, in a language you understand.

You should discuss your motivations and expectations. The physician should solicit your reactions to their recommendations, and offer alternatives where appropriate without pressuring you to consider unnecessary procedures. He/she should answer any questions about credentials, experience or even second opinions without hesitation. Any physician who has difficulty with a patient getting a second opinion would not be my choice for surgical care.

The physician should make clear the risks of surgery, but also the variations in outcome. If he/she shows you other patients’ photos or uses computer imaging, it should be clear to you that there is no guarantee that your results will match these. Just as we all have our own fingerprint, unique only to us, so it’s true that you can’t achieve someone else’s surgical result, regardless of who your physician is. Everyone has their own body structure and anatomy – so when in consultation, remember what your expectations are for your own body type.


I discuss ball park figures for physicians, operating room and anesthesia and what fees are appropriate for your particular situation; also, procedures that may be paid for by insurance companies. Many times there are physicians I can refer to who are more economically flexible than others.


All facets of recovery and in-depth instruction are discussed. The more knowledge you have, the less fearful and more tolerable your recovery will be.

what you need to know Private Duty Nurses/Aftercare Facilities

Below is a list of procedures which require aftercare and those that don’t. (This is always confirmed by the physician. Due to individual needs of patients, these may be changed.)

Procedures requiring medical Aftercare/Private Duty Nursing:
  1. Facelift
  2. Brow lift (with or without facelift)
  3. Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck)
  4. Breast Reduction
  5. Extensive Liposuction
  6. Multi procedures on either list
Procedures Not Requiring Aftercare:
  1. Breast Augmentation
  2. Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery)
  3. Liposuction (small to moderate amount)
  4. Rhinoplasty (nasal surgery)
  5. CO2 Laser Resurfacing
  6. Otoplasty (ear pinning)
  7. Chin/Cheek augmentation
  8. Mastoplexy (breast lift) depends on doctor/patient Remember, any of these can be changed according to the patient and the physician.
Other points to remember: In my consultation I also discuss anesthesia, all facets of pre and post-operative care, emotional and physical aftermath of surgery, work, exercise and much more. I provide my clients with a comprehensive pack containing information on all phases of the surgical process for them to take to their physician consultation. That way, everything is in front of them and they will be prepared to ask all the right questions. I recommend writing down the physician’s response to remember pertinent information.

The plastic surgical experience is multifaceted and not for everyone. The ideal patient is one who recognizes surgery will not necessarily change their life or improve unhealthy relationships. What they do recognize is that there is something about their body they would like to change. What plastic surgery “does” is enhance that particular area of your body. What it can do is allow you to see yourself in a more positive, self-affirming way. Can that enhance self-esteem? Probably, but remember that no matter what you do, you must do it for yourself and for the right reasons. Education and information are the most important factors when trying to make important decisions and changes in our lives. If plastic surgery is one of the changes you are planning to make, be sure you make it with intelligence, education and the knowledge you need to be an active participant in your own care.

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