• 10 Things To Ask During Your First Consultation

10 Things To Ask During Your First Consultation

There’s nothing more exciting like going in for your first consultation. You’re now one step closer to getting the procedure you want done and achieving the look you’ve desired for so long!

10 Things To Ask During Your First Consultation

Not only are consultations a great opportunity to clarify or ease any worries you have, but it’s also an important time to educate yourself about the entire process and acquaint yourself with your surgeon and their team. Much like a first date, consultations are meant to help you see if the surgeon you’ve picked out is a good fit for you. To help you figure that out, here are ten things to ask your surgeon.

Are you a certified plastic surgeon?

“Cosmetic Surgeons” and “Plastic Surgeons” are very different things, so it’s important to be aware of the difference. In Ontario, general practitioners are able to label themselves as cosmetic surgeons and perform cosmetic procedures, while plastic surgeons require the certification and training to be able to perform plastic surgeries. After obtaining a general medical degree, plastic surgeons must complete five years of training and pass an exam administered by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. They are required to have this before being able to perform any plastic surgeries on patients.

No matter what procedure you have planned, you want to make sure they have this experience before heading to the operating table.

What’s Your Specialty?

Almost every surgeon has a specialty — maybe it’s tummy tucks, facelifts or even nose jobs. Some clinics may focus on body transformations while others may specialize in less invasive procedures. But whatever you’re planning on getting, make sure your surgeon specializes in it so you know you’re in the best hands. Wherever their specialty lies, ask the number of years they’ve been performing that procedure and ask to see before and after pictures of their transformations as well.

Is The Clinic Certified?

Besides the surgeon themselves, you want to make sure they’re also running a certified clinic. This helps ensure that they maintain a high level of health and safety measures similarly held by other healthcare institutions, such as hospitals. In Ontario, plastic surgery clinics should be certified by the Out-Of-Hospital Inspection Program (OHPIP).

Besides certification, pay attention to other details of the clinic once you’re there. Is the office space clean? Were the clinic staff welcoming and friendly? How was the energy when you went there? These are all very important factors when picking out a clinic as the more attentive they are with their patients, the more support you’re likely to receive before and after the procedure.

How Much Is The Procedure?

Before heading into any consultation, be sure to do your research first and check out the prices for the procedure you’re interested in. Always keep in mind that prices will vary from clinic to clinic and will also depend on the complexity of your case. While exact prices may not be available online, ballpark estimates can be found in forums where other patients detail their own experiences. This information will equip you to understand whether or not your surgeon’s estimate is reasonable or not when you go in for your consultation.

What Type of Anesthesia Will Be Used During My Procedure?

The type of anesthesia you’ll receive will depend on the procedure you’re getting. Local anesthesia is generally used for minimally invasive procedures, while general anesthesia is used for more complex procedures like breast augmentation and facelifts. Depending on what you’re getting done, your surgeon will advise the best course of action for you. Also, make sure the person who is administering the anesthesia is certified to do so to help avoid any complications during your procedure.

Is This Covered By OHIP?

Contrary to popular belief, there are certain plastic surgery procedures that are covered by OHIP. If you’re looking to get a procedure done because of medical reasons, your procedure can be covered so it’s always important to go through that possibility with your surgeon.
Typical surgeries that fall under this category include breast augmentation, rhinoplasty, and eyelid surgery.

How Long Is Recovery?

Recovery varies from procedure to procedure. For minimally invasive treatments, there might be very little downtime! But when it comes to more invasive surgeries, full recovery can take up to a couple of weeks. With that said, you may be able to return to work a lot sooner than that, like two weeks post-operation. The only caveat is that you’re going to have to take things easy the first little while. Be sure to ask your surgeon the full expected length of recovery so you can make any adjustments necessary with work or any other personal obligations you have.

What Is After-Care Like?

Every cosmetic procedure if different, which means the aftercare will be different for each of them as well. Once you’re ready to go leave the clinic, your surgeon will send you home with special instructions on how best to take care of yourself after the procedure. From how to take care of your bandaging, the amount of rest requires, to how to manage pain — your after-care kit should come with all the information you need to ensure your recovery goes as smoothly as possible. It’s essential that you follow the instructions on the aftercare kit as closely as possible. Recover is almost as important as the procedure itself and a smooth recovery period can further ensure you get the results you want from your procedure.

What Are The Risks Of This Procedure?

There are risks involved with every procedure, from the least minimally invasive ones to surgical treatments. No matter what you decide to do, it’s always important to be made aware of the risks involved and chances of that happening, especially given your own medical history. In addition to asking about the risks, ask your surgeon what protocols they have in place if that happens to you. Especially for more life-threatening risks or ones that happen on the operating table, ask what their procedure is for getting the necessary help you need in an emergency situation.

What staff will be assisting in the procedure?

You want to know exactly who’s going to be involved with your procedure. Ask about the support staff, their roles and the qualifications they have to help ensure you have an A-team on your side. It’s also good to be made aware of whether there will be interns or medical students on-site during your procedure and the level of involvement they will have. Rest assured, just because they’re students doesn’t mean you’re going to be given subprime care. These are highly supervised situations and students already have to be at the top of their game to be there in the first place.

June 24, 2019
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