We have all seen the telltale signs of bad plastic surgery: a frozen or surprised facial expression, contour irregularities or simply an artificial appearance. These results can leave a lasting impression, and even prevent qualified plastic surgery candidates from seeking the procedure they want and deserve.
If you are considering plastic surgery, but feel hesitant because you’ve seen some poor results, there is no need to worry. As the patient, there are several things that you can do to avoid subpar results. Here, Sacramento plastic surgeon Dr. Donald Hause shares his recommendations.
Choose Your Surgeon Carefully
The single best decision you can make as a plastic surgery patient is to select a plastic surgeon with the right combination of training, credentials and experience. Look for a surgeon that is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (the only medical board that recognizes legitimate plastic surgeons). It’s also a good sign if the plastic surgeon is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, an organization that carefully screens its members.
During consultation, inquire where the surgeon attended medical school/completed residency training, whether they have any fellowship training and how long they have been in practice.
Look at before-and-after photographs of the surgeon’s former patients for a general idea of the type of results you can expect. You can even ask the surgeon for the contact info of former patients to verify details of their experience and their level of satisfaction.
Follow All Pre-Op Instructions
After scheduling your procedure, you should receive a packet of pre-operative documents. These documents will include instructions for prepping for surgery, as well as a list of medications to avoid prior to surgery (certain medications can increase the risk of complications). You will also be advised to stop smoking for several weeks before and after surgery.
If you have questions about this information, or about preparing for surgery in general, don’t be shy! Call or contact the practice and speak to a member of the staff. They have probably heard every question imaginable and are happy to help.
Reduce Your Risk of Complications
All surgical procedures come with some risk of complications. However, to reduce your risk of something going awry after surgery, you need to follow all of your surgeon’s instructions. Keep your bandages and support garments in place while your face/body heals, take medications as prescribed and rest your body as it heals. Do not push yourself to return to work or exercise too quickly. If you develop any worrisome symptoms (e.g., fever, bleeding), contact your doctor immediately.
Contact Our Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Today
Have these tips given you more confidence to pursue your plastic surgery procedure of choice? If so, please contact board certified plastic surgeon Donald Hause today to book a consultation. Contact our practice by calling (916) 646-6869 today.