When the time finally arrives for your consultation appointment with your cosmetic surgeon, you will undoubtedly have many questions. Well, did you know that there are 5 primary questions that your surgeon is really hoping you will ask? These simple queries will show you are genuinely interested in the details of your upcoming surgery.
- What kind of results can I realistically expect from my cosmetic procedure?
Patients should have reasonable expectations about how they will look post-surgery, so ask your doctor what to expect and why – he will be happy to explain.
- What factors will contribute to my cosmetic surgical outcome?
It is important to remember that there are many factors that will contribute to a successful surgical result, more than just your surgeon’s skill, like you’re eating habits and not smoking.
- What are the key things I can do before plastic surgery to ensure a good experience?
This is a favorite question of cosmetic surgeons! They can tell you any special instructions such as which medications to suspend, when to stop consuming alcohol, and so on.
- During recovery, what should I be patient with, keep an eye on, or be alarmed about?
Your cosmetic surgeon will tell you of the symptoms to be wary of, such as fresh bleeding or sudden, intense pain. He knows you will be checking the progress of your surgery in the mirror many times each day; this will be a chance for him to remind you that healing will take time, swelling and bruising may take a few days to dissipate, and your final results can take weeks to appear.
- What can I do to maximize and prolong my results?
There are lots of things you can do to prolong the effects of your surgery. Your cosmetic surgeon will be thrilled to see how excited you are about your new body, so he will be happy to give you tips on maximizing your results for years to come.
And for bonus points -to write down what your surgeon says, odds are you won’t be able to remember all of the details!