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    Cosmetic Surgery: What to Know Beforehand

    Cosmetic Surgery: What to Know Beforehand

    Cosmetic Surgery Improves Your Look

    Yet, it’s not for everyone.

    Know what to consider before cosmetic surgery, how to find a Plastic Surgeon and what questions to ask.

    Cosmetic surgery improves your look. In fact, it’s a branch of plastic surgery that includes surgical and nonsurgical procedures to shave years off your appearance or improve your physique. If you’re not satisfied with your appearance, cosmetic surgery might help you look and feel better.

    Cosmetic surgery, however, has risks and limitations. If you’re considering it, here’s what you need to know.

    Factors to Consider When Selecting Cosmetic Surgery

    Cosmetic surgery changes your appearance by altering or reshaping parts of your body that function normally but don’t look the way you want. Before you proceed with cosmetic surgery, consider:

    • Your expectations. Anticipate improvement, not perfection. If you expect cosmetic surgery to turn you into a movie star, you’re bound to be disappointed. Don’t count on cosmetic surgery to be the only factor in saving a rocky relationship, gaining a promotion or improving your social life. Although in some cases it may help, you need to know that it is one of many factors.
    • Health Insurance Coverage. Most health insurance plans don’t cover the Cosmetic surgery. The cost of one or more procedures varies depending on what you are getting, ranging from hundreds to thousands of dollars. Also, consider the cost of any follow-up care or additional corrective procedures.
    • Results. Dissatisfaction is possible after any type of cosmetic surgery. Surgical complications are possible, too.
    • Recovery. After cosmetic surgery, you might need days or weeks to recover. Understand the physical effects that might be part of your recovery, as well as how the surgery might affect aspects of your personal and professional life.
    • Smokers. Finally, if you smoke, your doctor will likely recommend that you stop smoking about one month before surgery and during recovery to minimize the risk of complications.

    Finding a Qualified Plastic Surgeon

    If you decide to pursue cosmetic surgery, you’ll probably have your choice of surgeons. Choose one who is experienced and specializes in the procedure you’d like to get. Beware of Doctors in other specialties turned Plastic Surgeons without the proper training.

    If you’ll be having a procedure that requires general anesthesia, be sure that the operating facility has been accredited by an accrediting agency.  For instance, Peninsula Plastic Surgery has obtained full accreditation for its Surgery Center by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, Inc.(AAAHC), the gold standard of accreditation agencies.

    Meeting your Plastic Surgeon

    When you’ve narrowed your choice of Plastic Surgeons, schedule a consultation — or multiple consultations with different surgeons. Some Plastic Surgeons like Dr. Rosso, offer free cosmetic consultations.

    During your cosmetic consult, the Plastic Surgeon will evaluate the part of your body that you want to have treated.  Additionally, you’ll share your medical history, list any medications you’re taking, and discuss your desires and expectations.

    The closer you work with your Plastic Surgeon to establish specific, measurable and achievable goals before surgery, the more likely you are to be satisfied with the results.

    What To Ask

    During the initial consultation, ask the surgeon some of the following questions:

    • Am I a good candidate for this procedure? Why or why not?
    • Are there treatments other than surgery that might work just as well or better for me?
    • How many times have you done this procedure? What were the results?
    • Can you share before and after photos or diagrams to help me understand the procedure and the expected results?
    • Can one procedure accomplish the desired effect or you anticipate multiple procedures?
    • What are the surgical options? What are the pros and cons for each?
    • Will the results be permanent?
    • What type of anesthetic will you use? How will it affect me?
    • Will I be hospitalized? If so, how long for?
    • What are the possible complications?
    • How will monitor my progress after surgery? What follow-up care will I need? How long of a recovery period can I expect?
    • How much will the procedure cost?

    Remember, though, even if you’ve done your homework and found a Plastic Surgeon you like at a price you can afford — the decision to pursue cosmetic surgery is yours and yours alone. Make sure you’re comfortable with the surgeon and committed to your treatment choices.

    At Peninsula Plastic Surgery, we specialize in reconstructive and cosmetic plastic surgery. Call us today at 310-326-3636 to see how we can help.

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