22 questions to ask before your facelift
- 4 months ago
1. What boards are you certified by? (ASAPS and ASPS are both great answers!)
2. Were you specifically trained in the plastic surgery field?
3. Do you have hospital privileges and if so in what hospitals?
4. What percentage of your practice is devoted to facelifts or facial plastic surgery?
5. What training does the attending staff have?
6. Where do you get most of your patients from?
7. Am I a good candidate for a facelift?
8. Are there less invasive or even non-surgical techniques that could fulfill (or perhaps partially, but adequately, fulfill) my needs?
9. Can you describe an excellent, average, and poor outcome from this treatment?
10. Can I see before and after photos of facelifts you have done?
11. Can I talk to your previous patients about the surgeries they've had done?
12. Are the facilities you use nationally accredited?
13. Do you use board certified MD anesthesiologists?
14. What procedures are in place to deal with an emergency?
15. Will I see you during every visit?
16. How long will my surgery last?
17. What lab tests and health clearances are required before I have this surgery?
18. What are possible complications after a facelift?
19. How often do these complications occur?
20. Are you easy to get a hold of after surgery if I have questions or concerns?
21. How much pain/discomfort/bruising/swelling can I expect post-op?
22. No really, how much pain/discomfort/bruising/swelling can I expect post-op?
And here are some great tips from Brent Moelleken, MD:
1. Did the doctor review your medical history (allergies, medical history, past surgeries, etc.). Was he/she a real doctor or a salesman?
2. Were you pressured to sign up, or was the session informative and now you can take your time to make your decision
3. Did the doctor listen to your needs?
4. Did the surgical plan make sense? Did it stand out among your consultations as being exceptional? Was it unique and tailored to your needs or "boiler-plate"?
5. Did you get a good feeling about the surgery and the doctor? Many of the hard luck stories you read about on the blogs start with "I knew I shouldn't go ahead with the surgery but..."
6. Do the before-after pictures reflect a look you like?
Then a little bit of homework:
A. Go onto the medical board website for your state. You may be surprised.
B. Google the doctor. Not scientific, but you may also be surprised.
C. Go on the website to check the board certification (i.e. surgery.org)
D. Call the hospital to confirm privileges
E. Call your internal medicine doctor and ask his opinion
Why so much hassle over just having plastic surgery? Because it is that important. Even after all of the above, rely on your gut instinct... and don't proceed until you feel comfortable.