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What are good questions to ask during plastic surgery counseling?

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Dr. Adam Hamawy answered

Specializes in Plastic Surgery

First you need to know if your surgeon is properly trained and qualified. For plastic surgery the surgeon should be certified by the american board of plastic surgery. You should also inquire and understand the risks of the procedure and how long the recovery is so you can plan appropriately.

Answered Dec 9, 2013

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Dr. Jeffrey Roth answered

Specializes in Plastic Surgery

A good place to start is the websites of the american society of plastic surgeons asps and the american society for aesthetic plastic surgery asaps. They have lists on their websites. Ask is they are board certified by the american board of plastic surgery. Ask about their training. Ask how many procedures have they done. Ask how they would handle a complication. http://tinyurl.com/7mqa2uj.

Answered Dec 7, 2012

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Dr. Jeffrey Rosenthal answered

Specializes in Plastic Surgery

The consultation is a two way street. You should arrive with a list of prepared questions concerning what you wish to have done. Ask about the potential side effects, risks and benefits of the cosmetic surgery. The type of anesthesia and where the surgery will be performed are important. Seeing before and after photos of the surgeon's is helpful but not indicative of your particular outcome.

Answered Jan 25, 2014

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Dr. Tom Pousti answered

Specializes in Plastic Surgery

I highly recommend that you make sure that your surgeon is a board certified plastic surgeon. Having surgery performed in an accredited facility with board certified anesthesiologists is important for safety. Also, to see examples of similar work that you would like performed and even speaking to other patients who have had surgery performed by this surgeon.

Answered Jan 22, 2013

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Dr. Jason Lichten answered

Specializes in Plastic Surgery

In addition to the other answers given here, do not hesitate to ask any question that comes to mind. The only bad question is the one you don't ask.

Answered Oct 1, 2013

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