Every year, you hear horror stories about botched plastic surgery procedures. Let’s not try to pretend like it doesn’t happen. Heck, E! network even made an entire show surrounding the issue. But there are preventative measures you can take to avoid ending up being just another statistic.
From things like finding the right surgeon and asking the right questions to researching the operating facility, every little detail should come in to play. Of course if the surgery goes awry you can have it tweaked, but why not be sure to get the best quality the first time around. And the only way to do that, is to do research and ask A LOT of questions.
According to the Mayo Clinic, “cosmetic surgery changes your appearance by altering or reshaping parts of your body that function normally but don’t look the way you want.” With that in mind, doesn’t it make sense to know everything you possibly can about your procedure before making a life-altering change to your appearance? The answer is yes. No ifs, ands or buts about it.
The most important thing to do before going under the knife is getting to know your surgeon. Making sure they are board certified should be action item number one on your checklist. Making sure your surgeon’s facilities are correctly accredited should be number two. Don’t go to a plastic surgeon whose office is in a strip mall or based out of their home, just don’t. Set up several consultations with several doctors before making your choice. And make sure they specialize in the procedure you want to get done. Don’t enlist someone who specializes in rhinoplasty (nose jobs) to give you a breast enlargement. And if you do, you better make sure they are well qualified in both areas. For help finding a certified doctor, check the American Board of Plastic Surgery website for specialists in your area.
You should never be concerned about asking too many questions when it comes to adjusting your appearance. Some of these procedures can be quite costly — and even more importantly — permanent, so make sure you do your due diligence. Here are a few questions the Mayo Clinic suggests you ask your surgeon during your consultation:
Am I a good candidate for this procedure?
What type of anesthetic will be used?
How many times have you done the procedure?
What are possible complications?
How much will the procedure cost?
For a full list of recommended questions from the Mayo Clinic, click here.
When deciding whether or not to go through with plastic surgery, remember, the decision is yours and yours alone. Don’t let any outside pressure persuade you to do it, but also don’t let your desire for a “right now” fix get in the way of receiving the best care possible. Be diligent, do your research, weigh the pros and cons (if there are any) and most importantly, be confident in your decision. For quality care and a cosmetic specialist you can trust, set up a consultation with Maryland’s premier plastic surgeon, Dr. Sheilah A. Lynch of Lynch Plastic Surgery in Chevy Chase, MD.
Sheilah A. Lynch, M.D., is a board-certified plastic surgeon practicing in Chevy Chase, MD, and serving the Washington Metropolitan area. With over 10 years experience in private practice devoted solely to cosmetic plastic surgery, Dr. Lynch offers the expertise and credentials you can trust. After completing her training in General Surgery and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Brown University, Dr. Lynch completed a specialty fellowship training in Cosmetic and Breast Surgery at Georgetown University where she is presently a Clinical Instructor. Dr. Lynch specializes in breast surgery, including breast augmentation, reduction and lifts; facial rejuvenation, including minimal incision facelifts, endoscopic brow lifts and neck rejuvenation; and body contouring, including liposuction, tummy tucks, medial and lateral thigh lifts and arm lifts.