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Top Questions to Ask Your Plastic Surgeon Before Surgery

When undergoing plastic surgery there are many points to take into consideration, especially when choosing the plastic surgeon or the ideal treatment for our body. If you are still in the decision process and want to know more about what to ask before having a plastic surgery procedure, consider these questions that can serve as a guide:

1. Are you a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon?

Asking your doctor if he or she is board certified is the first step before making the decision to have a procedure that involves plastic surgery. This is the first question that should be asked, because if we don't get a positive answer, then there is no point in continuing with the query. If we perform a surgical procedure with someone who is not a certified and authorized surgeon in Miami, FL, the associated risks are infinite and range from the aesthetic point of view to the most important: our own life.

2. What is the ideal technique or procedure for me, and why?

Not all aesthetic procedures adapt one hundred percent to our body or our physical conditions, which is why it is advisable to consult a certified plastic surgeon about the best procedure or technique.

3. How many times have you performed this procedure?

The surgeon's experience speaks volumes about his career. That is why it is recommended to ask the number of times that the certified plastic surgeon has performed the procedure that we are going to perform.

4. Does the operating room that you will use for this surgery meet the requirements dictated by Joint Commission International?

Being a health issue, it is extremely important to consider that not only the surgeon must be certified, but also the operating room where the surgery will be performed. We must ask if the operating room complies with the health accreditation of the Joint Commission International organization.

5. What type of anesthesia will be used for the procedure?

The surgeon, in agreement with the anesthesiologist, will determine what type of anesthesia the patient will undergo. This will depend on several factors, some of which are related to the type of surgery, physical conditions of the patient, age, allergies, among several others. For this reason, it is important to inform the doctor if allergic reactions to any type of anesthesia have previously occurred.

6. Exactly what does this procedure consist of?

Within our responsibility as patients, is to understand what the process to which we are going to submit consists. This is so that post-operative care and eventualities do not take us by surprise. We must investigate, known in detail and ask everything that we are not clear about the procedure in all its dimensions: before surgery, during and after.

7. Are the supplies you will use for this procedure approved by the Ministry of Health and the FDA?

Health must always be above aesthetics. It is essential that we ensure that the supplies that will be applied to our body meet the requirements of the Costa Rican Ministry of Health and the FDA. The supplies used by Diamond Post Care are certified by both institutions.

8. What precautions or preparation should I take before surgery?

It is necessary to be clear about the conditions in which we must present ourselves on the day of the surgery. The certified surgeon doctor will tell us if we should show up with a certain type of clothing, if we should go fasting or not, among other things.

9. What realistic result can I expect from this surgery?

The expectations with which we arrive at a surgery can distort reality and our way of receiving its results. That is why it is important to know the opinion of the plastic surgeon, especially if it is a procedure whose results unfold gradually over the months after surgery.

10. How long will I have to stay in the medical center after surgery?

Knowing how long we should stay in the hospital or clinic is very important, since on the one hand, we might have to prepare some additional luggage. On the other hand, these could be additional costs that we have to assume, so it is convenient to know them in advance.

11. What complications could exist after surgery?

Even if the odds are low, it is always worth asking your plastic surgeon what complications could occur after the surgical procedure. This will help us, among other things, to know which signs to watch out for during recovery.

12. How many post-operative consultations should I attend with you?

As patients, we must know the number of post-operative sessions to which we must attend with the surgeon. Similarly, find out if your cost is included in the price of the procedure. Diamond Post Care includes in the cost of the procedures that they perform 5 post-operative sessions, performed by highly qualified personnel and state-of-the-art equipment.

13. How will I feel physically after my plastic surgery and what care should I take?

When performing plastic surgery, the surgeon must indicate the care that we must follow to the letter and what activities we must restrict so that our recovery is effective.

14. How soon will I be able to return to my normal activities?

For our health and well-being, we must carefully follow the instructions of the surgeon, as well as respect the number of rest days and the time we must wait before returning to physical activities such as lifting weights or exercising.

Knowing this information in advance allows us to organize our calendar in advance, especially if we have an office job, in which we must request the corresponding vacations or permits to carry out the procedure and have an adequate recovery.

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