Tips and Traps

Questions to Ask when Scheduling an Appointment
When calling to schedule your initial appointment, ask questions freely. Expect the staff to be courteous, informative, and accommodating. Remember this simple rule, if they are not pleasant before surgery, they certainly will not be afterwards.
• Does the American Board of Plastic Surgery certify the doctor? Beware of all of the doctor's board certifications. You will want to make sure they are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and not just one that sounds similar or better.
• What is the surgery fee? What does that fee include? Does the cost of the surgery include everything like the anesthesiologist, the facility, and the implant? If not then make sure you get a list of the items that are covered and those that will be additional costs to you.
• What is the consultation fee? If you are going to be charged a consultation fee, see if it is deducted from the cost of surgery?
• Is the doctor punctual? If so, then expect to be seen promptly.

Checklist for Your Plastic Surgeon:
• Is the doctor certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery?
• Did they explain procedures, risks, and alternatives in detail and with clarity?
• Did they describe recovery time and postoperative care?
• Did they convey realistic expectations?
• Did they answer questions thoroughly?
• Did they listen to your concerns?
• Did they make you feel comfortable?

Unless the answer to each of these questions is a resounding "yes," then you should consider seeing another plastic surgeon. It is important that a plastic surgeon makes you feel comfortable, is informative and thorough with you about the procedure and is willing to take the time to ease your concerns. If they are not willing to do this, you should consider seeking another surgeon.

Questions to Ask Your Plastic Surgeon During the Consultation
• Will I be awake or asleep for surgery? Consider general, sedation, and local anesthesia.
• May I see pictures of others who have had the same procedure?
• May I speak with others who have had the same procedure? • Do you have privileges to perform this procedure in a hospital?
• Will surgery be performed in the office or hospital? If your surgeon suggests the office, be certain that the office is accredited for your procedure and that the surgeon has hospital privileges to perform the procedure you seek.
• Do you charge for revision surgery? • Will I be charged for follow-up appointments?