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5 Questions to Ask When Selecting a Plastic Surgeon MARK A. SCHUSTERMAN, MD, FACS

Fellow of the American College of Surgeons American Society of Plastic Surgeons American Board of Plastic Surgery American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery American Board of Cosmetic Surgery Association of American Physicians and Surgeons Texas Surgical Society Texas Society of Plastic Surgeons

Plastic surgery is not a light matter, but one that takes a lot of thought and consideration before making decisions. The first decision you will make of importance is which plastic surgeon to work with. You want to make a good assessment so that you can ensure the highest safety, surgery and recovery.

These are five important questions to ask that can help you when deciding to get plastic surgery Houston, regardless of if you are looking at breast reconstruction, mommy makeovers or simple tucks and lifts.

1. “Can I see your accreditation and pictures from previous clients?”

Don’t worry about being concerned with board certification and specific qualifications. A good surgeon will gladly show you samples, testimonials and photographs of their work. In fact, to them, the surgery is a complex art and they will be proud to show off their best reconstruction work. You are likely to choose a surgeon based on recommendations from friends or even online ratings, but it’s still okay to personally ask the surgeon about accreditation and past history. A good professional surgeon will be happy to speak with you about this.

2. “Am I a good candidate for this type of surgery?”

By assessing your past medical history and current health, a good plastic surgeon can tell you why and how you are best suited for particular surgeries and mommy-makeovers. Sometimes, for example, a Houston breast lift depends on whether or not you have been breastfeeding, or if you have had past operations.

3. “With this type of surgery, what are the specific risks?”

There are always risks involved with surgery, but you should not take it for granted. Ask your surgeon to talk to both about the pros and the cons of this specific surgery. Discussing possible complications is a must before agreeing to any type of procedure.

4. “How long can I expect these implants to last?”

This is for those looking at breast augmentation Houston: There are different types of implants, made of various substances. Not all have the same expiry date. Make sure that you are aware of the differences, especially if you have had previous surgeries or need to undergo other bodily transformations, such as weight loss. This can also affect what type of implants to choose.

5. “How long will this particular recovery time take?”

In order to properly schedule your operation and healing time, ask your surgeon what to expect. It may be some weeks before you can do heavy lifting, bodily exercises, or the usual active sports and daily duties with your family. It also allows you to prepare with arrangements such as childcare or household help during the recovery period.

Remember that it is best to be honest and have open communications with your surgeon. Likewise, you should feel as if they are being completely honest and frank with you. They should put your mind at ease, make you feel comfortable, and most of all, confident when coming into their office for a consultation. And eventually, when you go into their operating room for plastic surgery.

Interested in finding out the right procedure for you, and getting to know the best surgeons in Texas? Follow our blog for more important information and tips for choosing the perfect plastic surgery solutions for you.

Contact us today to schedule your appointment with the renowned plastic surgeon and breast & body specialist Dr. Mark Schusterman. Take your first steps to a more beautiful you.

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