Thinking of Cosmetic Surgery? The first consultation should be with yourself.
The decision to have cosmetic surgery is a big one. If you are considering a consultation with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon (BCPS), you have a lot of thinking to do. Thankfully, the overwhelming majority of people who have plastic surgery have safe operations with satisfactory results. However, there are a few who have regrets or buyer’s remorse. Many times this is because they were not prepared from the beginning.
The following is a series of questions Dr. Steckler thinks all clients should ask themselves prior to seeing a BCPS such as himself. Read them and answer them honestly, as they will give you insight and a starting point in your decision.
Are you considering plastic surgery to enhance your appearance, or are there outside pressures?
Your family and friends are there to support you, however, you should NEVER feel pressured to have cosmetic surgery. This should be your decision and yours only.
Do you have realistic expectations about the results of your possible surgery?
While plastic surgery can often help you with self confidence or make you feel good about yourself, it is not likely to change your life. It should also not be seen as a way to lose weight. Make sure you have the right motivations in seeking your operation.
Are you healthy both physically and emotionally?
ALL surgery stresses your body. In fact, I often tell my clients that surgery is a controlled trauma. You may experience a significant temporary change in physiology, and there is always wound healing, which demands a great deal of energy. Also, you will have some pain, and you may have emotional ups and downs while they heal. Be prepared for both surgery and the healing process afterward. Your BCPS will assess you, of course, and help you by letting you know if you are ready, or he may give you a plan which you can follow to optimize your health prior to surgery.
Are you aware of the potential risks of your operation?
Thankfully, the overwhelming majority of cosmetic operations go very well, and clients are quite pleased with their results. However, if a client has a complication and has not considered it as a possibility, then they may be terribly unhappy or even shocked. At your consultation, your BCPS will give you the risks of surgery and give you the expected post-operative course. Really listen to the surgeon, ask questions, and get as much information as you need to help you make your decision.
Can you afford this procedure?
Ask yourself if you can afford the cost of the operation as well as the time that you will need to recover. If you have small children, do you have help in caring for them when you recover? Are there any other costs that you may incur not specifically related to the surgery?
Is the timing right for you to have your surgery?
Often a surgeon may offer incentives or specials for clients at certain times of the year. While this is enticing, and you may want to take advantage of the special, you should be certain that the timing is right for you. Consider the healing time or other variables that may be affected by your decision to have surgery.
Are you comfortable with your plastic surgeon and his staff?
Did you surgeon listen to you? Did he or she recommend a plan that will help you reach your stated goals? Was the staff friendly, helpful, and supportive?
Have all of your questions and concerns been addressed and answered?
If not, make sure that they are. The consultation experience can sometimes be overwhelming, and it is easy to forget to ask some of your questions. I encourage all of my clients to write down any questions or concerns and call the office and have them answered. Your surgeon will be happy to address these.
Answering these questions will be a good first step in making your decision about cosmetic surgery. The next step is making sure you choose a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon to help you in your decision making process.