Questions to ask My Plastic Surgeon

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Questions Surgeon Thailand

Am I a candidate for surgery?

Depending upon your state of physical and mental health, your age, weight and the surgical procedure you want to have done, the surgeon will decide if you are a candidate for your elected surgery or not.  If you are not a suitable candidate due to factors like weight or ill health your surgeon will advise you to gain control of these factors before going ahead with the surgery.

What is the best surgery to suit my needs?

Each individual is different and there are many different approaches to attain similar results.  Which surgical procedure your surgeon chooses will depend upon your body type, your surgery goals and the desired results after surgery.  What will suit one individual may not suit another and so each patient will be matched to the surgical option that suits their needs best.

What does the surgical procedure involve?

You will be placing your unconscious self into the hands of a man with a scalpel!  I am quite sure that you would want to know exactly what he is going to do once he has you on the operating table.  Ensure that you know what the surgery entails to be sure that it is the right one for you.

What sort of anaesthetic will be used?

Some patients have allergic reactions to anaesthetic and if this applies to you, then you should state this fact to the surgeon.  There are various options, including general anaesthetic so that you sleep during the procedure and local anaesthetic.  This will numb the area being operated on and is often used in conjunction with a mild sedative.

How long will I have to remain in the hospital?

The recovery time for each procedure will vary and it is important to ascertain the length of time you’ll remain in hospital after the procedure before you are allowed to go home. 

Will there be any pain associated with the surgery?

Each surgery has different risks and pain is a factor in all surgeries, though this will vary dependent upon the procedure involved and the pain tolerance of the patient.

How long will recovery take?

This is an important factor of any surgery as it pertains to how quickly you can resume normal activities at work and home.

Will I have to undergo this procedure again at some point?

Some surgeries have permanent, even life long results while others may need repetition over the years.  If you are going to invest time and money in undergoing a surgical procedure you may want to know how often this surgery needs to be repeated.

Will there be any scarring?

Scars are a fact of any surgery, though their severity varies.  Scars can be nearly invisible due to clever placement, the way the incision is closed and wound care during the healing process.  It is also important to remember that some people are more prone to developing noticeable scars than others, dependent upon genetics, skin type, skin tone and age.

What are the risks and side effects of the surgery?

You will want to know what the inherent risk are that are associated with the surgery.

What does the procedure cost?

Cost is an important factor, particularly if the procedure is covered by medical aid.