1. First, do your research

Before consulting any plastic surgeon, it is fundamental you research the procedure that you are considering to find out if it’s going to suit your needs. Learn the risk and complications of the procedure. You can use the internet to also learn about other patients’ experiences and what they are saying concerning the specific procedure that you want by reading testimonies and reviews.

After doing your homework, and shortlisting some plastic surgeons you may consider. You can go ahead and do more research to find out if they are qualified by making sure that they are Board certified in plastic surgery. Most specialists put their credentials on their website to show that they are certified. You can also find out more about their experience by reading other previous patients’ feedback and reviews on the specific procedure you want. You can also look at their after and before photos to build realistic expectations. You would want to work with a plastic surgeon who has good reviews.

2. Consider these factors

Your expectations
It is important to have realistic expectations before having plastic surgery. How do you build realistic expectations? First, ask yourself what are your reasons for having plastic surgery. If you are having plastic surgery to improve your appearance that’s a good reason but if you are having plastic surgery expecting to look like a celebrity, impress someone else or maybe save a relationship you’re bound to be disappointed.

Discuss with your plastic surgeon about your expectations. Ask to see before and after pictures. Do your research on the procedure, the risks and complications and everything else you need to know to help you build realistic expectations.

Risks and complications
In plastic surgery, there are risks and complications involved. It is important to understand the risks associated with the procedure that you want. To help you avoid serious complications the best way is to choose a board-certified plastic surgeon who is qualified and has adequate experience to perform the procedure you want.

Recovery

After the procedure you will be required to take some time off work to recover. You may need some help with chores around the house. Talk with your plastic surgeon about your recovery plan to make sure that you are well prepared for a smooth recovery.

Expense
Plastic surgery is not cheap. The costs are different depending on the type of procedure you want. Most health insurance plans do not cover plastic surgery although You can consider some financing options such as saving, credit cards, loans, medical credit cards etc. it is important to plan your budget ahead to help you have a comfortable procedure. When preparing your budget don’t forget to include the cost of follow-up care or additional corrective procedures.

3. Go for consultations 

When you have spotted some few plastic surgeons you may consider. You can now schedule consultation or more than one consultation with different plastic surgeons. The plastic surgeons will assess you and look at your medical history to determine if you are a suitable candidate for the procedure you want. Discuss with them your expectations and desires during consultation.

During consultation, it’s the right time to ask all the questions you have on the procedure that you are considering. Ask if there are other alternatives other than surgery that can help you achieve the look you desire. Find out about the surgeon’s experience by asking them how often they perform the procedure you want and ask to see the results. They will show you before and after photos of their patients. This will help you know what to expect.

Meeting plastic surgeons will help you determine which one you build rapport with since working with a plastic surgeon who you can trust with care of your body is very important.

4. Pre-surgery guidelines

To prepare for surgery depending on the type of procedure you are considering. Your plastic surgery will advise you on how to prepare for surgery. You may be asked to quit smoking or cut down as you can before surgery etc. At your pre-surgery You will be given a more detailed preoperative guideline. If you follow the pre-surgery guidelines you reduce the chances of risk of complications and have better results after surgery.

5. Examine the plastic surgeon’s credentials

There are many plastic surgeons claiming to be qualified and yet are not board certified or may have certifications from unrecognized boards. A qualified plastic surgeon must be board certified by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. This credential is to prove that they have undergone proper training and therefore qualified to perform the procedure.

Also make sure you choose an accredited surgical facility for a quality and safe procedure. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons requires its members to use facilities that are regularly checked for quality and safety. Accreditation or state licensure is very important in order for a medical facility to be approved. Patients are able to put their trust in approved surgeons and surgical centers, knowing that they will have the best chance of achieving satisfactory results.

The following to-do list will help you in preparing for plastic surgery. All the best!