Choosing the right Cosmetic Surgeon is crucial. It can affect the success of your procedure, as well as your recovery time and your health afterwards. A great Surgeon cares about their patients first and foremost and will put your wellbeing before the fee you’re willing to pay.
Search engines like Google and Bing, Online forums and social media reviews can tell you a lot about your prospective Cosmetic Surgeon – how they usually operate, their rapport with patients, the sort of care that they’ve taken and of course the results they achieve. Don’t forget to talk to friends and acquaintances too. If someone you know has had a similar procedure done, ask if they’d recommend their surgeon. It’s important to know how they perform at the procedure that you’re considering – a great Breast Augmentation Surgeon might not be superb at facelifts.
2. Past Work
All good cosmetic surgeons keep a photo gallery of past patients. Ask to see before and after photos for the procedure that you’re considering. Check that lighting and posture are similar in both pictures – some surgeons will use tricks of light and posture to make ‘before’ look worse and ‘after’ look better.
The more experienced that a Surgeon is in a particular procedure, the better your chances of getting a great result. Ask how many times the Surgeon has performed the procedure you’re interested in, and how often they carry it out.
If you’re considering a surgical procedure, ensure that the Surgeon you’re considering is certified in that specific procedure by the Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgery. To become certified in a procedure, a surgeon needs a minimum of 100 cases – meaning they’ve already proven that they know what they’re doing.
5. Potential Complications
Every cosmetic procedure (and every medical procedure!) has some risk of complications. Ask the Surgeon you’re considering what complications they’ve seen and how they dealt with them. Evasion could be a sign that they’re not overly interested in aftercare, or that they’re inexperienced in the procedure.
6. Existing Lawsuits
Don’t be afraid to ask if they have had any litigation brought against them in the procedure you are considering. It is best to steer clear of a Surgeon that has had any litigation brought against them unless they can give a very good explanation as to why this occurred.
7. Personal Consultation
Some of the cheaper clinics will have nurses or other employee performing patient consultations rather than the Surgeon himself/herself. This is problematic on a number of levels: nurses and administration staff don’t have the surgical experience to accurately assess your medical history or fully answer any questions that you might have. A committed Cosmetic Surgeon will perform patient consultations, and they’ll take their time to ensure that you have all of the information needed.
8. Multiple Options Presented
Most Cosmetic Treatments have more than one option available, be it in the materials used, incision options, anaesthetic types and/or other options that may be related to the specific procedure you are interested in. Do your research to know what choices are available, and discuss these with your Surgeon. Don’t accept, “we do it this way because we find that…” type answers – make sure that the surgeon explains why particular choices are best for you, not the clinic.
9. Quality Over Price
We all love a bargain – but a low price in Cosmetic Surgery often points to a less-experienced Surgeon or corner cutting that can result in a less-effective treatment and/or greater risk to your health. Having to redo a treatment to correct problems from a cheaper treatment can end up costing you much more than a quality treatment would have.
If you have any problems or concerns after the Surgery, you want to know that your Surgeon will be available to answer questions or deal with post-surgical issues. Ensure that your surgeon has a policy – and reputation – of being available 24/7 to patients after the surgery occurs.