Plastic surgery offers more than merely a new appearance to the patient. It enhances their confidence and improves their outlook on life.
Therefore, it is understandable that prospective patients are usually keen to begin their cosmetic surgery journey as soon as possible. But prior to scheduling their procedure, it is vital for patients to evaluate their options thoroughly.
The Virginia Institute of Plastic Surgery (VIPS), led by board certified plastic surgeons Dr. Burton M. Sundin and Dr. Reps B. Sundin, provides aesthetic procedures for the breast, body and face to patients in Northern Virginia, Washington DC, Vienna, McLean, Loudoun, Ashburn, Tysons Corner, Reston, Arlington, Chevy Chase, Richmond, Fredericksburg, and surrounding communities.
Things to Consider
Before seeking a suitable surgeon for their needs, the patient should prepare a checklist of questions, which will help them in determining their choice of a surgeon. Patients obviously want to work with a surgeon with the right qualifications and experience, likely a surgeon certified by the ABPS.
However, the patient will also want to consider a surgeon whose charges are suitable to their budget. They will also want to understand the surgeon’s bedside manner. Are they seeking a friendly surgeon who will be there to comfort them or one who has a more clinical and business-like approach to the process?
Would the patient be more comfortable with a plastic surgeon who will offer guidance on the most appropriate procedure or one who will take their lead and do exactly as they ask them? It is essential to evaluate these aspects prior to consulting a surgeon to avoid being too influenced by that doctor’s individual style.
While reviewing the following questions, the patient should assess how they would like their potential surgeon to answer them. This will enable them to determine which surgeon is best suited to their specific requirements.
Identifying the Right Surgeon: Checklist
- What are your credentials, experience, and qualifications?
- What number of years of experience in cosmetic surgery do you have?
- How many plastic surgeries have you undertaken to date?
- Can I view examples of your previous work?
- What procedure do you recommend to help me accomplish my goals?
- Is a particular procedure appropriate for me? If not, what alternatives do you recommend?
- What are my options in case I find the final outcomes unsatisfactory?
- What will the cost of the procedure be?
- What additional costs can I expect?
- Where will you perform my surgery?
- What are the potential risks associated with a specific procedure?
- What can I expect during the recovery phase?
- How sustainable are the outcomes?
There are many more questions that a patient can ask a potential surgeon. During the consultation, the patient should unhesitatingly ask any other questions that they may have.
Vital Question in Your Checklist: Is your plastic surgeon board certified?
The patient should determine whether their plastic surgeon is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). The law allows any surgeon to perform plastic surgeries.
Identifying a board certified surgeon is the ideal way to make sure that the surgeon has received the appropriate training in plastic surgery. The ABPS provides certifications on the basis of rigorous criteria, which include six to nine years of dedicated plastic surgery training.
Do Your Research
It takes time to complete most plastic surgery procedures and even more time to heal from the surgery. While investing time in undergoing a cosmetic surgery, the patient should also devote sufficient time to do their research beforehand.
Apart from this checklist, there may be many more questions that a patient may have over the course of their plastic surgery journey.
The patient must respect their body and their budget by being upfront and meticulous. Undergoing a plastic surgery procedure is a crucial decision, and the patient should try to get the most from their consultations to make sure that their decision is indeed the right one.
The plastic surgeons at VIPS receive patients from Northern Virginia, Washington DC, Vienna, McLean, Loudoun, Ashburn, Tysons Corner, Reston, Arlington, Chevy Chase, Richmond, Fredericksburg, and nearby areas for various cosmetic procedures.
For more information on the surgical and non-surgical procedures and treatments by Board Certified Cosmetic Plastic Surgeons Dr. Reps Sundin and Dr. Burton Sundin at the Virginia Institute of Plastic Surgery and M Body Contouring and Laser Centerplease visit:
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