If you have made the decision to have plastic surgery, there are a number of things you should consider prior to having your work performed. Taking the time to consider these items below will help you minimize your risk of becoming a victim of bad plastic surgery.
Check for Qualifications
Your plastic surgeon should be board certified. He or she should have met the standards for certification that have been set by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). Don’t leave anything to chance by choosing a surgeon who has not met these specific requirements. Only choose a board certified specialist that is highly trained for the specific plastic surgery you are looking to have performed. Checking for other certifications and memberships is a good idea too. Some of these may include the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and American Academy of Otolaryngology just to name a couple of others.
Being honest with your plastic surgeon about any medical conditions or medications will help. Your lifestyle and medical history are extremely important areas for your surgeon to know prior to the procedure. Even if you think it’s a “minor detail” such as smoking occasionally, be sure to be upfront with your plastic surgeon.
If your decision comes down to two surgeons, lean more towards the surgeon that is conservative in their approach. If you are looking to have multiple procedures performed, have these done at two separate times instead of an “all at once” approach. The longer you are on the operating table, the higher your risk of complications.
See a Specialist
Once you have decided as to what type of plastic surgery you want, seek out a doctor that specializes in just that procedure. If you are having facial surgery, such as rhinoplasty (nose job), search for a plastic surgeon that focuses on just facial procedures. Because technology changes frequently in the medical field, choosing a doctor that focuses on just your area of concern can be a big advantage. The specialized doctor may have the latest equipment or know new techniques that other doctors either don’t have access to or have the capabilities of. This specialized approach will help lower your risk considerably of becoming a victim of bad plastic surgery.