What to Ask Your Plastic Surgeon

  • What is the surgical procedure called? How is it done?
  • How often have you performed the procedure? What is the success rate?
  • How long will the surgery take?
  • What are the complications?
  • What technique will you use during my surgery?
  • Are these techniques new or have they been used consistently for the past 5 years?
  • What tools or technology will you be using?
  • What is a realistic expectation regarding the outcome of the surgery?
  • Is this an out patient or in patient surgery?
  • Will I need anesthesia?
  • Can my insurance cover some of the costs? Are there any discounts I can receive?
  • Do I need to pay both the surgeon and the facility?
  • Are you Board Certified with the American Society of Plastic Surgeons?
  • How many years have you been in practice?
  • Where did you train?
  • What are the risks associated with this surgery?
  • How long will I be out or work / recovery?
  • What will the next 24 hours be like after the surgery? What should I expect in my recovery?
  • What can be done to lower my risk of scarring?
  • Is there an alternative to surgery?
  • Do you expect that I would need any future surgeries/procedures?

Questions to Ask Your Surgeon When Facing a Mastectomy and/or Breast Reconstruction:

  • Am I good candidate for the procedure?
  • What surgical technique would you  recommended for me?
  • What are the risks and complications?
  • Where and how will you perform the surgery?
  • How long of a recovery time can I expect?
  • What will be expected of me to get the best results?
  • How are complications handled?
  • What are my options if I am dissatisfied?
  • Are you a board certified surgeon by the ASPS?
  • Do you have any current before and after photos

What to Ask Your Post Bariatric Surgeon

  • Are you board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery?
  • How many years of plastic surgery training / experience do you have?
  • Am I a good candidate for body lift surgery?
  • Will I need liposuction?
  • What results can I expect post-surgery?
  • What are the risks involved with this surgery?
  • Where will my incisions be made?
  • Will these incisions expand as the years go by?
  • If I smoke, when should I stop smoking?
  • Do I need to stop taking any of my medications?
  • What should I do post-op to get the best results?
  • Will I need to take any post-op  medications?
  • When can I resume my daily routine and exercise?
  • Do you have any before and after photos of patients that look similar to me?
  • Can I talk with some of your previous patients?

What to Ask Before You Get a Face Filler (Injectables)

  • What product will be used and why?
  • How many syringes will be needed?
  • How long will the product last?
  • Is there a maintenance program or followup program?
  • When should I return for the next injections?
  • Can I exercise later today?
  • What are the side effects?
  • What should I do in case I notice my face  is droopy where the injection was made?
  • How will I know if I am allergic to this product?

 What to Ask About Breast Reduction Surgery

  • Am I a good candidate for breast reduction surgery?
  • Will my insurance cover breast reduction?
  • How many grams of fat will be removed during this procedure?
  • What will my new cup size be?
  • Where will you make the incisions for the surgery?
  • Is a free nipple graft needed for this procedure?
  • What are some of the possible side effects of a free nipple graft?
  • What surgical technique is recommended to me?
  • What are other breast reduction complications?
  • When can I return to my normal physical activities?
  • Will physical therapy be needed to help reduce muscle memory?
  • What are my options if I am dissatisfied with the outcome?
  • Do you have breast reduction before-and-after photos I can look at for this procedure?
  • Which results are reasonable for me to expect?
  • Are you board certified in plastic surgery by the ASPS?
  • How many breast reduction surgeries do you perform each year?

What to Ask About Breast Augmentation

  • How will my cup size change?
  • What kinds of implants will be used? Saline or gel?
  • Does the implant have a warranty?
  • Where will the incision be made for this procedure?
  • Does this incision have a high rate of infection?
  • Where will the scars be?
  • What happens if the implant ruptures?
  • What is my risk for capsular contracture?
  • How long will these implants last?
  • Will I eventually need to exchange my implants? 10 years from now?
  • How will this effect my annual mammogram?
  • How long will it take for me to recover?

What to Ask Your Plastic Surgeon About Capsular Contracture Revisions

  • Will you be able to fix current scarring?
  • Will my insurance cover this procedure?
  • Will this occur again?
  • What type of implants will be used? Are these implants prone to capsular contracture?
  • Where will the incisions be made? Are these prone to capsular contracture?
  • Do these implants have a warranty? Does their warranty also include a reimbursement for the revision surgery?
  • Will a breast lift be needed? If so why?
  • What should I do if capsular contracture occurs again?

What to Ask Your Plastic Surgeon about Liposuction

  • Are you a board certified plastic surgeon?
  • Am I a candidate for this procedure?
  • How large will be the cannula used for this procedure?
  • How much fat will be removed? Is this a dangerous about of fat to be removed at once?
  • Am I a candidate for non surgical liposuction procedures?
  • Where will the bruising occur?
  • If so, how effective are these procedures?
  • What kind of risks will I be facing?
  • What can I do to maintain this look after surgery?
  • What is the recovery time for this procedure?
  • Have you ever had any complications during surgery?
  • Can I speak to a former patient that received the liposuction in the same areas as I am requesting?
  • If I am unsatisfied with the outcome (symmetry or lumpiness) what is the process to correct this and will there be additional costs?
  • Who will be the Anesthesiologist? is this person board certified?
  • Will the procedure be done in a accredited facility?
  • What happens in an emergency if my heart stops?

What to Ask a Surgeon Who is Abroad (outside the U.S.)

  • Is it OK for me to have surgery the day I fly in from the U.S.?
  • If so am I at risk for any additional complication from flying? Blood clots?
  • Are you board certified?
  • What happens if there is a complication during surgery and I need a blood transfusion? What are the standards with blood regulations? Is there a chance that I may contract a disease from a blood transfusion.
  • Where will my surgery take place? Is this facility JCI accredited?
  • If not, how will I know if this is a sterile environment?
  • What are my legal rights in your country?
  • How long should I stay here for my recovery? Can I fly back home immediately and not be at the risk of any complications such as blood clots?
  • Will there be someone fluent in English that can answer my questions before, during and after my surgery?
  • Why is the cost for this surgery so much less than in the U.S. ?

Butt Augmentation Facts to Consider

In order to avoid dangerous life threatening outcomes, it’s important for you to properly research the procedure and the surgeon. Always know what is being injected into your body when considering this procedure. There are only two FDA approved ways to augments the buttocks – Fat Transfer and Butt Implants. Anything else should not be placed or injected into your body. Here are some tips to keep in mind when planning for a butt augmentation.

  • Have healthy expectations about this procedure, after all you are only you
  • Select a board certified plastic surgeon to perform the procedure
  • Make sure your requested butt projection is in proportion to your own body
  • Typically must be 20lbs above your ideal weight to have enough fat to be harvested; you may be asked to gain weight if considering fat transfer
  • Never allow a non medical lay person to inject anything into your body outside of any medical facilities (i.e. residential homes, medical spas, hair salons, etc.)

What to Ask Your Laser (Hair or Skin) Technician?

  • What is my skin type?
  • Will the laser you will be using have the best outcome for my skin type?
  • On a scale from 1-10 (10) being the highest, how would you rank the pain level?
  • Are there any topicals I need to put on prior to the procedure to minimize the discomfort? If so when do I need to add the topical?
  • Can I see your office’s before and after pictures?
  • Are you certified to perform this procedure and if so by whom?