Things to know before your surgery

Things to know before your surgery
Things to know before your surgery

Going under the knife for any reason can be a little scary, whether you're having your appendix removed or undergoing a breast augmentation. But unlike other surgeries, cosmetic procedures are surrounded by a haze of myths and unnecessary fears, from physical concerns to monetary ones. Clyde H. Ishii, M.D., FACS, a plastic surgeon in Honolulu and board member for the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, recently spoke with Quality Health about the different things to consider prior to receiving plastic surgery.

Choose the right doctor
One of the most important considerations to be made prior to your procedure is which doctor to select. Individuals should always seek medical professionals with a wealth of experience and skill, always choosing a surgeon who is board certified. Although there exists a large number of people who are willing to perform surgery, they do not all carry the same credentials or skill.

"There are no laws restricting which doctors can perform plastic surgery and most states allow doctors of any specialty to perform any type of treatment - including plastic surgery - in their office," Ishii told the source.

Interested individuals should research which board-certified doctors in their area have the best patient reviews and outcomes. Be sure to ask prospective physicians a lot of questions regarding their experience, and don't hesitate to request referrals or before-and-after photos of past patients. 

You will need time to recover
Much like any other medical procedure, you will need time to recover from cosmetic work. The amount of recovery time is dependent upon which surgery you choose, so be sure to ask your doctor and check with other patients who have received the same treatment. Individuals should consider the side effects that may occur after surgery and plan recovery time accordingly. Additionally, you may require assistance following invasive surgery, so be sure to discuss this with your physician and make arrangements with a friend or family member prior to the operation. 

Check your budget
Cosmetic procedures, much like any other medical operation, can be expensive. According to ASAPS statistics, patients spent more than $11 billion on plastic surgeries in 2012. Dr. Ishii added that not all insurance companies will cover cosmetic procedures if the issue being corrected does not pose an immediate health threat. Prior to your operation, be sure to ask your insurance provider if your work will be covered, and, if not, speak to your surgeon to see what financial options may be available. There are a number of ways patients can receive assistance when paying for surgeries, including obtaining loans, asking family and friends for gift certificates and setting cash aside throughout the year.