12 Questions You Should Ask Your Plastic Surgeon

A consultation with your plastic surgeon is crucial to achieving your desired aesthetic goals. It’s an opportunity to gather essential information and ensure you’re making an informed decision about your procedure. Asking the right questions can help you better understand the process, your surgeon’s qualifications, and the potential outcomes. 

At O’Neill Plastic Surgery, we know how important it is for you to feel confident before a procedure. Here are some important questions to ask during your plastic surgery consultation:

Questions To Ask Your Plastic Surgeon

Are You Board-Certified? 

Start by confirming the surgeon’s credentials. Board certification indicates that the surgeon has undergone rigorous training and meets high standards of expertise in their field. Look for certification from reputable organizations, such as the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) in the United States.

What is Your Experience with This Procedure? 

Inquire about the surgeon’s experience and expertise in performing the specific procedure you’re considering. A surgeon with a proven track record of successful outcomes in the procedure you’re interested in is more likely to deliver the results you desire.

Can I See Before and After Photos? 

Reviewing before and after photos of previous patients who have undergone the same procedure can give you a realistic idea of the surgeon’s skills and the potential outcomes you can expect. Ask for photos of patients with similar body types and aesthetic goals.

What Are the Potential Risks and Complications? 

All surgical procedures carry risks, and being informed about them is essential. Your surgeon should be transparent about the potential complications associated with the procedure and how they mitigate these risks. Understanding the risks helps you make an informed decision and prepares you for possible outcomes.

Where Will the Surgery Be Performed? 

Inquire about the surgical facility where the procedure will take place. The facility should be accredited and equipped with the necessary resources to ensure safety and comfort. Procedures performed in accredited facilities have lower rates of complications.

What Type of Anesthesia Will Be Used? 

Understanding the type of anesthesia that will be administered during your surgery is important. Discuss your preferences and any concerns you may have about anesthesia. A qualified anesthesia provider should administer the anesthesia to ensure your safety.

What Is the Recovery Process Like? 

Ask about the expected recovery timeline, including how long you might need to take off work and when you can resume normal activities. Understand the level of discomfort you might experience and the steps you can take to promote a smoother recovery.

How Long Will the Results Last? 

Different procedures have varying degrees of longevity when it comes to results. Discuss the expected lifespan of the results and whether any maintenance procedures might be necessary.

Are There Non-Surgical Alternatives? 

Explore whether there are non-surgical alternatives that achieve your desired results. A reputable surgeon will present you with various options, discussing the benefits and limitations of each.

Can I Speak to Previous Patients? 

Requesting to speak with previous patients who have undergone the same procedure can provide valuable insights. Hearing about their experiences and outcomes firsthand can help you feel more confident in your decision.

What Is the Cost and What Does It Include? 

Make sure to clearly understand the total cost of the procedure, including any associated fees for anesthesia, facility use, post-operative care, and potential revisions. Ask about financing options if needed.

What Are Your Follow-Up Policies? 

Understanding the surgeon’s approach to post-operative care and follow-up appointments is crucial. Clear communication and accessible follow-up appointments contribute to smoother recovery and optimal results.

Work With A Plastic Surgeon You Can Trust 

By asking these questions during your plastic surgery consultation, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of the procedure, the surgeon’s qualifications, and the potential outcomes. 

A trustworthy and experienced surgeon will appreciate your thorough decision-making approach and provide you with the information you need to make the best choices for your aesthetic goals and overall well-being. Working with our team at O’Neill Plastic Surgery provides comfort in knowing you can trust your provider and get all of your questions answered. 

A picture of Patrick J. O’Neill, MD wearing his doctor attire.

About the Author

Upon completing medical school at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC, Dr. O’Neill completed nine years of residency training. These nine years included a full general surgery and a plastic surgery residency, both at the Medical University of South Carolina, and a hand and microsurgery fellowship at the Kleinert Institute for Hand and Microsurgery. Dr. O’Neill has extensive certifications, training, skills, and knowledge that make him a successful physician who can carry out your next plastic surgery procedure. His expertise and technique will result in the beautiful and natural look you desire post surgery.

Board Certified:
American Board of Surgery
American Board of Plastic Surgery
Sub-Certification in Hand and Microsurgery

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