- Consultation Questions
Doctor Consultation Questionnaire
Why can a psychiatrist offer Botox, an oral surgeon market breast reductions, or an ER doctor provide liposuction surgery? Any medical doctor in the United States can call themselves a "cosmetic surgeon" and offer cosmetic procedure services regardless of training or experience.
How do you determine who to pick for a cosmetic procedure? We consulted the RealSelf Editorial Advisory Panel to create a list of questions to ask your doctor or clinic before allowing them to work on you.
Name of Practice ___________________________
Name of Doctor_____________________________
I called on _____________________
YES (Which board?) ________________________
NO (What training to do you have for this procedure?)
YES (How often?) __________________________
NO (Why not?) _______________________
5) Are your State and Board records free from disciplinary events?
NO (Please explain) ___________________________
NO (Who will?) ______________________________
If you answered “NO” to 2 or more of these questions, your doctor may not be a specialist for the cosmetic procedure you desire. Consider moving on with your search.
For surgical procedures, also ask:
YES (Which hospital?)___________________________
Outpatient surgery center?
Office-based surgery center?
NO None of the above
Licensed by the state?
Certified by Medicare?
And/or accredited by: JCAHO / AAAASF / AAAHC?
NO None of the above
NO (What are their qualifications?) _____________________________________
If you’ve circled “NO” for any of these questions, you may be incurring additional risks. Make sure that you are comfortable with your surgeon, their staff, and the facility before proceeding.
Other Helpful Questions
- Do you think my goals are realistic? If no, why not?
- How often do patients having this surgery require revision? What is your revision policy?
- In case of an emergency during surgery in outpatient center/office, what procedures do you have in place?
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