QuestionsYou’ll achieve the best results from plastic or cosmetic surgery if you and your plastic surgeon communicate openly during your initial consultation. An understanding of your goals, expectations and motivation are essential to a successful partnership between you and your surgeon. This collaboration helps in setting realistic expectations which both of you can use to determine whether plastic surgery is the right choice for you.

Here are some important questions to ask during your consultation:

  • Are you board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery?
  • Are you a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons?
  • Were you trained specifically in the field of plastic surgery?
  • How many years of plastic surgery training have you had?
  • How many procedures of this type have you performed?
  • Where and how will you perform my procedure?
  • Do you have hospital privileges to perform this procedure? If so, at which hospitals?
  • Is the surgical facility accredited by a nationally or state-recognized accrediting agency, or is it state-licensed or Medicare-certified?
  • Am I a good candidate for this procedure?
  • What medications should I not take before surgery?
  • What are the risks and complications associated with my procedure?
  • Are there any other safety measures I should know about before or after surgery?
  • How are complications handled?
  • How long of a recovery period can I expect, and what kind of help will I need during my recovery?
  • What are my options if I am dissatisfied with the outcome of my surgery?
  • Do you have before-and-after photos I can look at for each procedure and what results are reasonable for me?

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To find a highly qualified plastic surgeon near you in the Dallas Fort Worth area, search the Dallas Society of Plastic Surgeons member directory.


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