The choice to undergo cosmetic or plastic surgery is a big decision, and one you will live with for the rest of your life. It’s a a decision that should not be made lightly. Furthermore, your choice of a cosmetic surgeon is equally important. A successful outcome and the enhancement of how you feel about yourself is critical. An unsuccessful outcome means you may face additional costs, additional surgery and, unfortunately, heartache.
Here are four things to consider before you decide to go under the knife:
- Does your surgeon have experience in the procedure you want? Each area of cosmetic surgery requires different skills – operating on a nose is different from operating on a breast. Ask your surgeon how they trained in the procedure you want and how many times they have performed it.
- Have you considered the aesthetics of the procedure? What one person finds beautiful may not be beautiful to another. It’s important to find a cosmetic surgeon that shares your aesthetic tastes. Look at before-and-after photos, compare the results for the procedure you want, and take a selfie for reference. If you are considering a facial procedure, look for photos of patients that are near your age and have a similar facial structure. Do they look the way you want to look after your surgery?
- Do you feel a connection with your surgeon? It’s important to feel comfortable with your cosmetic surgeon and their support team and feel like you can trust them to recommend what is the right procedure for you.
- Is your surgeon board certified? The government does not require a plastic surgeon to be specifically trained in the procedures they offer. Many doctors with general surgery or other medical training decide to offer cosmetic surgery. Dr. Shah is board certified in cosmetic and plastic surgery – the most dependable way of assessing whether a cosmetic surgeon is properly trained.