Knowledge is key to empowering yourself to make wise health and wellness choices, including when you're considering cosmetic surgery. It's vital to do your homework carefully. Take a look at these smart practices to inform yourself and help you make wise decisions about your cosmetic procedure.
The right doctor makes all the difference
You need to make sure you're putting yourself in good hands, so look for a qualified, trustworthy doctor who's board-certified to perform your type of cosmetic procedure. Remember to research the doctor's background, qualifications and reputation. Be sure your doctor understands your aesthetic goals. The American Board of Cosmetic Surgery is helpful resource for finding a board certified doctor near you1.
Make sure you understand the procedure
Researching your chosen procedure is essential, but make sure you're getting your information from reputable sources. Don't forget to compile a list of questions to ask during your initial consultation. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons is a source for details about common procedures and treatments2.
Be prepared for your consultation
During your consultation, share your aesthetic goals and procedure or treatment you're interested in with the doctor. This is also time for you to evaluate the doctor to be sure they are the best match for you. Come prepared to take notes and bring your list of questions with you. Your doctor should:
- Suggest options to achieve your aesthetic goals
- Describe the procedure/treatment
- Explain expected results including any possible risks and side effects
- Explain anesthesia and recovery options
The doctor should discuss your health history and share before and after photos procedures they have performed for their patients.
Stay in the know to make good decisions
Researching cosmetic surgery procedures, selecting a qualified doctor, and asking questions are your first steps to getting beautiful results for any aesthetic procedure/treatment. To learn more, read the full article available on the New Beauty blog.
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1Find ABCS Surgeons (2019-2018). American Board of Cosmetic Surgery. Retrieved from https://www.americanboardcosmeticsurgery.org/find-a-cosmetic-surgeon-near-you/.
2Cosmetic Procedures - List of Procedures (2018). American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Retrieved from https://www.plasticsurgery.org/cosmetic-procedures.
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