"There are thousands of qualified doctors available, but unfortunately, there are also a good portion of bad doctors too," Dr. Michael Rodriguez, Florida plastic surgeon and a member of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. "In an ultra-competitive profession where every doctor is trying to sell their skills, the real question becomes: How can a patient tell if their physician is really the expert that they claim to be?"
Thinking about getting a little nip/tuck? There are many things to consider when making such an important decision. You want to know as much as possible about your prospective surgeon's skills, experience, and credentials. Be sure to ask these vital questions before taking that leap and going under the knife.
Who's Your Surgeon?
Personal recommendations are important. Ask friends for referrals if they have gotten a similar procedure. Get opinions from your family doctor and other doctor acquaintances. Surgical technicians and operating room nurses are an excellent source for information about a surgeon's skill in the operating room.
What is the Surgeon's Area of Expertise?
Ask what kind of training the doctor has in the specific procedure you're considering -you don't want someone whose only training was a one-day or weekend course.
How Often Have You Done this Procedure?
It seems obvious that nobody would want to be any surgeon's first liposuction. Ideally, your doctor has done the same procedure hundreds of times, over many years.
What Are the Potential Risks & Complications?
Every surgery carries some risk, some of which are common to all surgery. The most serious risks usually have to do with excessive blood loss, infection, or adverse reactions to general anesthesia. There are some procedures that are riskier than others, although recent advances continue to make complications more and more unlikely. Since plastic surgery is elective, surgeons will usually refuse to operate on any patient for whom they feel the risk is too great.
Do You Have Hospital Privileges?
Even if you're having a plastic surgery procedure at an outpatient clinic, it's worth asking where the doctor has hospital privileges, because hospitals do background checks. Plus, this could become very important if anything unexpected should occur during your procedure, and you were to need to be transported to a hospital.
Are You Allowed to See Before & After Pictures of Other Patients?
It is vital to see many before and after photos from your plastic surgeon in order to evaluate the work that he or she has performed. These photos should subsequently be placed either on the doctor's web site in galleries or albums in order for patients to review during consultation. Also make sure to ask if the photos shown to you are pictures of actual patients of that particular surgeon and not stock images.
About Body Sculpture Centers
What makes Body Sculpture Centers of Florida different from the rest? Our trade marked LipoPlex Quadsculpt process. It is only available at Body Sculpture Centers of Florida. Our process is so unique it allows our doctors to attack the fat removal process from four different angles.
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