Plastic Surgery Journey - What You Should Know

Posted January 12, 2023
What you should know before your plastic surgery journey

One of the most important things to remember about having plastic surgery is that the decision to have a procedure is likely a highly personal one. You need to perform proper research to make sure you know the necessary amount of information to make an educated decision about the treatment. In addition, you need to have the results you want to achieve in mind in order to discuss your goals with the plastic surgeon. In order to get ready for your personal plastic surgery journey, browse the article below to learn how to find the right surgeon for you and what to expect before and after the procedure.

Plastic Surgeon – How to Find the Right One for You

Find the Right Plastic SurgeonThe task of choosing a plastic surgeon is not always an easy one. It can be quite difficult to determine where to start the process of finding a plastic surgeon. Here are some of the items you need to know when picking a plastic surgeon:

  • Ask the surgeon if they are board-certified and experienced in the procedure of choice. Ask the doctor about patients they have treated in the past and to also see “before and after” photos of actual patients treated by the doctor you have in mind for your procedure. You can also ask to chat with previous patients treated by the doctor to get a better idea of how the surgeon interacts with patients.
  • Make sure the doctor you are talking to is the actual person who will perform the surgery. In addition, find out if the doctor will perform the treatment in a hospital, a clinic, or their own medical office. It is also important to know the plans the surgeon has in place if a medical emergency happens during the procedure.
  • Be sure and ask lots of questions during the consultation appointment. This is your opportunity to discuss your goals and desired results as well as ask any questions you have about any step of the medical procedure.
  • Do not base your final decision on the lowest possible price. The price of the surgery (low or high) does not reflect the skills of the surgeon. You need to base your decision on the training and experience of the surgeon and not on saving money.
  • Research your doctor of choice by searching for them on the Cometic Town website. Our “Find a Doctor” feature lets you search for doctors in your area who are experienced in performing your desired procedure. You can learn more about them and even contact them through the Cosmetic Town website.

Plastic Surgery – How to Prepare for a Procedure

As mentioned earlier, the plastic surgery consultation process is your opportunity to ask any questions you have in mind about the procedure in question. One of the most important questions you need to ask is whether the procedure is covered by medical insurance. If the treatment is deemed to be cosmetic in nature (not medically necessary), it will likely not be covered by medical insurance. If the treatment is considered to be medically necessary (such as rhinoplasty that is performed to help a person breathe easier on a daily basis), some or all of the cost will likely be covered by health insurance. It is important to know how much money you will owe before you make the final decision to have plastic surgery. You can ask the doctor if their medical office offers any kind of payment plan or financing options.

The doctor will also give you a list of detailed instructions to follow so you will be able to prepare for the surgical procedure. It is important to follow these instructions (what to eat before the treatment, whether you will need a ride home following the treatment, etc.) so you will not be surprised by anything that is expected of you on the day of the procedure.

Plastic Surgery – Recovery Period Info

Once the procedure has been completed, you will likely experience some bruising and swelling and maybe some bleeding and pain. The surgeon will provide a list of instructions to follow after the surgery so you can properly rest and recover while not reversing or damaging the results you gained from the treatment. It is important to follow these instructions from the doctor in order to ensure your recovery period goes as smoothly as possible.

These conditions will resolve on their own as time passes and, depending on the type of procedure that was performed and the extent of the surgery, you might need to take some time off work in order to properly rest and recover.

Now that you have a better idea of what to expect during the entire plastic surgery process, browse the Cosmetic Town website to learn more about the wide selection of cosmetic procedures available to patients across the country.

- MA


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