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How Much Research Should You do Before Cosmetic Surgery?

How do you choose the right cosmetic surgeon? Make sure you are aware of all aspects of the procedure, surgeon, and facility. This is very important for all patients to research before having cosmetic surgery. Like any surgery, cosmetic surgery is a permanent procedure with long-lasting results. For this reason, you need to do an ample amount of research. In most cases, once you go in for your consultation you will get plenty of information. The surgeon will inform you about your procedure and recovery. But there is a lot of work to do before you get to the consultation stage. Let’s take a look at some tips for choosing a cosmetic surgeon.

The Procedure Itself

Before you go in for your consultation there is a lot of research you can do on your own. A good starting point is to research the actual cosmetic procedure. You can start by visiting a few plastic surgery websites that are credible sources. The American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery is a well-respected website. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons is another esteemed website. Both of these websites are great resources for prospective patients.

There are different types of surgeries geared toward specific parts of your body. There may be a lot of options to sift through while you research. What should you do when you narrow down the type of surgery you want? You should start by looking into the procedure itself. Read about recovery, anesthesia, costs, surgery time, and results. These are wonderful starting places for any potential patient. Some cosmetic surgeries take a few operations to give you optimal results. This is important to keep in mind. Make sure you are comfortable with the possible side effects and long-lasting results.

Research the Facility

It’s also important to research the facility where you will have your surgery. You may have to spend a night or two after your surgery. You want to make sure the facility is one that has a good reputation and is very clean. Do you need general anesthesia with your surgery? If you do, choose a doctor that operates in an accredited facility. The American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities is the gold standard. Like a surgeon, facilities must have a license to operate as well. You may also want to look into what others say about the facility. Is it clean and well organized or are they understaffed and messy?

Choosing a Cosmetic Surgeon

Once you’ve decided on the procedure you want you can begin researching your surgeon. Choosing a cosmetic surgeon is best done after you know what surgery you want. Does the cosmetic surgeon specialize in the type of surgery you are having? Do they have any before and after photos with good results? What do other patients say about their experience? These are all very good questions to ask when researching a cosmetic surgeon.

Be sure to make sure the surgeon has the appropriate education and credentials. Are they a member of any credible organizations? Organizations such as ASPS and AACS have very strict requirements for surgeons. Being a part of one of these shows a great deal of skill and professionalism. If a surgeon has certifications that you don’t understand, don’t be afraid to research it. Or you may ask your cosmetic surgeon what it means. Remember, questions are your best friend when researching cosmetic surgery.

You may also want to read some testimonials about working with the surgeon. Focus more on what procedure a patient had. Some surgeons are more skilled with certain procedures than others. When you read patient testimonials look for what a patient says about recovery. Recovery is key to a great post-surgical result. Ask your surgeon what patients say about the recovery process as well. A good surgeon will know the complexities of patient recovery.

Schedule a Cosmetic Consultation

There is no better source of information than speaking to a cosmetic surgeon in person. This is the very best way to get answers to your questions. When you have finally selected a surgeon, don’t be afraid to ask any and all questions you have. Being well informed about the surgery is key to being comfortable. It will also help to set realistic expectations about your results. A great benefit of a cosmetic consultation is you will find out if you are a candidate for the surgery. The surgeon will be able to take your medical history and do a physical assessment. They should be able to answer any specific questions you have.

Doing your research for cosmetic surgery is one of the most important parts of the process. Are you looking for one of the best plastic surgeons in Beverly Hills? Look no further. Drs. Kapoor, Schlenker, and Lahar want to answer your cosmetic surgery questions. They offer an array of cosmetic procedures. Both surgical and non-surgical. Please contact our office to schedule your consultation today. We are happy to assist you on your path of transformation.

VISHAL KAPOOR, M.D.
ROBERT E. SCHLENKER, M.D.FACS
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeons
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436 N Roxbury Dr #117, Beverly Hills, CA 90210, USA Phone: (310) 385-9623
Fax: (310) 385-8450

Dr. Kapoor & Dr. Schlenker are Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeons who performs body, breast, and facial procedures in Beverly Hills & Los Angeles, California in their fully accredited Cosmetic Surgery Center.

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