Questions to Ask BEFORE Going Under the Knife

Questions to ask before going under the knife

By Lisa Marie Carter

Millions of people are opting for cosmetic surgery. Before you go under the knife, ask yourself these questions.

  1. Do the positive possible medical advantages exceed the possible complications?
    As with any procedure there is a potential for serious complications.
  2. Have you considered alternative approaches?. Have you researched and/or tried all of the behavioral and alternative approaches available to you, like exercise and diet?
  3. Do you depend on external sources for your self-esteem? If you are thinking about plastic surgery because of vanity, and you believe your self-esteem rests on the outcome of the surgery, you may not be a good candidate.
  4. What are your expectations? Think about the end result before you take such a drastic step.
  5. Are your expectations realistic? Ask yourself if your expectations are pure fantasy.
  6. Will surgery help you reach reasonable goals? Are there any feasible goals that surgery could help you attain, such as alleviating back pain with a breast reduction surgery.

Once you have decided ask these four important questions to your surgeon.

  1. What are your qualifications? Look for a surgeon who is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Also ask what kind of training the doctor has in the specific procedure you’re considering.
  2. How often have you done this procedure? Ideally, he or she has done the same procedure hundreds of times, over many years.
  3. What are the potential risks and complications? It’s a huge red flag if he promises a risk-free procedure—there’s no such thing.
  4. Do you have hospital privileges? If something goes wrong and you need to be admitted to a hospital, you want your doc to keep treating you himself, rather than turning you over to another doctor with no prior knowledge of the case