Dr. Patrick Hsu On Questions to Ask During a Consultation

This is a guest post from Dr. Patrick Hsu. A Board Certified Plastic Surgeon in Houston, TX.

Plastic surgery is a medical field that produces some amazing results. A good plastic surgeon can literally transform someone's appearance. The number of procedures has increased over the years, and thanks to the internet and other media, society's awareness of cosmetic procedures and what they offer, has grown, as well. This has led to an unprecedented accessibility to surgeries that at one time were only available to the privileged wealthy and famous. Hundreds of thousands of procedures are performed every year, with breast augmentations, liposuction, tummy tucks, and rhinoplasty (nose jobs) being among the most popular.

When you start looking for a plastic surgeon, there are some very specific questions that you should ask before you make your final decision. In this article, we attempt to cover some of the main questions.

What are the risks or complications with the procedure?

Any surgery by the nature of what it is has inherent risks and possible side effects. Your doctor can explain these risks. You can weigh the benefits against the risks to help your decision about the surgery.

How long does it take to recuperate?

This information is essential to planning the time off required for recovery. On a side note, you should use a surgeon that is committed to after-care to ensure the best recovery.

When will I be able to get back to work and my ordinary routines?

You do not want to resume normal activities, or go back to work until the doctor gives his or her okay. If you don't allow enough time to heal, you can adversely affect the results of your surgery.

Are you a board certified plastic surgeon?

This is perhaps the most important question of all. A board certified plastic surgeon is held to a higher standard of skill, experience, and ethics than non-board certified surgeons. Board certification requires additional extensive training, additional experience in performing plastic surgery, and exhaustive testing, both oral and written. This level of skill ensures a safer surgery, and positive results.

How many years have you performed plastic surgery?

Experience with the specific procedure that you are seeking means that the operation should go smoothly yielding the results that you want.

How many procedures do you do in a month?

This question goes to experience but also to how current the surgeon is with modern techniques.

Do you have before and after pictures of your procedures?

Before and after pictures provide a two-fold function. They give you a realistic glimpse into the surgeon's skill level, and they supply visual evidence of what you can expect your surgery to offer you.

In the hands of a qualified plastic surgeon, plastic surgery can lead to beautiful and natural results. If you take the time to do a little research and ask questions, you can help to ensure that you have a wonderful experience with the results that you dreamed of achieving.