Once you’ve decided to undergo a cosmetic procedure, the next step is to begin looking around for a plastic surgeon with the appropriate qualifications, training and experience to carry out the work you want done.
Different surgeons specialise in different forms of cosmetic surgery, so it is worthwhile to spend time tracking down someone who has expertise in the particular procedure you want.
In this guide, we’ll go through the 7 most important considerations you need to make before deciding on a surgeon to perform your surgery.
Your regular doctor is a helpful contact to recommend surgeons local to you, who are licensed and perform good work. Your doctor will also be able to advise how the surgery will affect you, and if it will interfere with any existing medical conditions you have.
Once you’ve located a surgeon you think could help you, do your background research on them. A few things to look into are:
Anyone seeking a reputable, qualified surgeon in Perth, Australia, is recommended to visit our clinic here at Hollywood Medical Centre to seek the expert services of Dr. Peter Randle. He has performed plastic surgeries across the USA and Australia and is a member of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons, and the equivalent in the US. Get in touch with Dr. Prandle today to arrange a consultation.
Not only should you research the surgeon, but also the clinic or hospital that they work at. Who are the other surgeons? Is everyone registered by the correct medical agencies? Does the clinic have the appropriate checks and certifications?
All invasive procedures that require anaesthetic, including liposuction, should be performed at a licensed hospital by law – not at a clinic, office or ‘spa’. Patients should be aware that lipo is a serious surgery and not in the same league as Botox or fillers, which can be performed by (licensed) beauticians.
An important step (and one that is often a requirement before undergoing surgery) is to have an in-person meeting and consultation with the surgeon.
During your meeting, you will discuss exactly what you want and why. At this stage, you should ask any questions you have. The surgeon should be able to answer all of them – if they can’t give you a solid answer, consider looking elsewhere.
If all is well, the surgeon will then present the best options befitting you and the procedure, to come to an agreement about what will be done and what the end result will be.
Once you are both happy, a surgery date can be agreed upon and your preparations can begin.
Don’t be afraid to book multiple consultations to get more opinions and find the perfect surgeon for you: surgery is incredibly personal, and you want to be assured that the surgeon you’ve put your trust in fully understands what you want from the surgery. If you don’t click with the first surgeon you visit, go ahead and speak to others until you’re 100% satisfied with your choice.
Make sure you quiz the surgeon about the aftercare they provide for patients after the procedure. Depending on your surgery, you may need to stay in hospital for a few days afterwards to properly recover. Make sure you know what to expect in the days afterwards – will you need bedrest? Will you be able to drive? How long should you book off work? Will you need to be with someone 24/7 during recovery?
Another important factor to consider is the unique complications of your particular surgery, and the surgeon’s own personal complication rate. If this seems high to you, or they can’t provide the figures, visit another surgeon to compare.
A good surgeon will explain all these things to you, but make sure you ask if you are in any doubt about any part of the procedure.
Some surgeons or clinics will attempt to sway patients with limited-time offers or deals – this should be a red flag for you. No good surgeon who cares about their patients more than money will attempt to pressure or try to influence you with deals before you are fully ready to undergo a life-changing surgery.