What should I ask a potential plastic surgeon before choosing one?

Before you choose the right Sydney plastic surgeon for your plastic surgery needs it is important to compare and evaluate a number of medical professionals. There are some questions that you should ask during the initial consultation which can help make your final decision easier and ensure that you get the best possible results.

How much experience do you have with my plastic surgery procedure?

You need someone who is very familiar and experienced with the plastic surgery procedure that you want. If you want a face lift then a surgeon who specializes in breast augmentation and who only does a few face lifts each year may not be the best choice. Ask how many times each year the Sydney plastic surgeon performs the specific procedure that you are looking for, and how many years the surgeon has been in practice.

Do you have references available from past patients?

A good plastic surgeon who has been in practice for a number of years should have references available from past patients if  they are good at what they do. Ask if there are references that you can check. If the Sydney plastic surgeon has been in practice for many years but can not provide references then this can be a red flag and you may be better off with another medical professional instead.

What is the total cost for my treatment?

Ask about the total cost for your plastic surgery. Make sure that this price includes any follow up care needed, as well as the cost of any hospital stay, anesthesia, and other related costs.

Are you Board Certified?

A Board Certified plastic surgeon is the best choice for this type of medical professional. Board certification shows that the Sydney plastic surgeon has achieved a specific level of expertise, knowledge, and training in their field. This makes them a good choice to handle your procedure as long as all other factors are equal. If the surgeon is not board certified then you are taking a bigger risk, one that is avoidable with this simple question.

What can I expect during my recovery?

Each type of plastic surgery procedure is different, and may involve a different recovery time, side effects, complications, and other factors. The Surgeon should be clear about what your recovery will be like, and should not downplay any discomfort or risks involved. Ask how your pain will be managed, what precautions you need to take, and how long you will be down for.

What type of anesthesia will be used? Who will provide this?

Some types of plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures are performed in the office under local anesthesia, others require general anesthesia in a hospital or surgical clinic setting. You need to understand what type of anesthesia you will have and who will be providing this. Your Sydney plastic surgeon may offer a choice between the two anesthesia types, depending on your situation and other factors.

To find out more about this or our other cosmetic surgical and non-surgical procedures, please contact Pure Aesthetics on (02) 919 97448 or send us an enquiry.