What to ask at a cosmetic surgery consultation

It can be very difficult to know what questions to ask at a consultation with a cosmetic surgeon. Many people feel that they are there to be assessed by the surgeon, but in fact the opposite is just as true – this is as much an opportunity for you to decide if this is the right surgeon for you as it is for the surgeon to decide whether you are a suitable candidate for surgery.

Here is a selection of some good questions to ask your surgeon.

1. How many times have you performed this procedure?

You want to be sure that your surgeon is highly experienced in the specific surgery you are looking for. Of course, if it is a new or unusual technique, you might find that most surgeons have only performed it a few times, but for a procedure like breast augmentation or facelift surgery, a good surgeon should have performed the surgery many times over and be able to show you the photographs to prove it.

2. What is your complication rate?

All surgery carries a risk, and it is likely that most surgeons will have seen complications as a result of an operation they have performed at some point. However, if a surgeon’s complication rate is unusually high, this may be a cause for concern and it is important to probe a little deeper. Ask about the types of complication experienced, why they happened and how it was dealt with.

3. What sort of aftercare can I expect?

Although of course most people want to get back to normal life as soon as possible after surgery, complications do happen as mentioned above and it is important that you are able to contact your surgeon or a member of his/her team should this arise. A good surgeon will not only see you at regular intervals after surgery to check on your progress, but s/he will also be available to speak to should you have any concerns during your recovery period.