The Importance of Doing Your Research Before Surgery
November 29, 2018
We absolutely love it when potential patients who visit us at the clinic come fully prepared to embark on a new journey toward self-confidence and we’re always so humbled to be chosen for the ride. At The Plastic Surgery Clinic, we strongly believe in making well-informed and educated health decisions, regardless of whether that includes our plastic surgery expertise or not.
The importance of doing your own research prior to undergoing any procedure or treatment cannot be stressed enough. Researching different institutions and surgeons will not only prepare you for the surgery itself (your expected results, the facility’s health credentials, recovery time, costs involved, and possible risks) but it will also allow you to confidently move forward knowing that you’ve made the right decision for you.
Over the years, we’ve met patients who have essentially gone into a procedure blind, selecting a different clinic that may not meet health and safety standards and may not meet their expected outcomes. It’s always disheartening to hear the unfortunate stories of misplaced trust and money that has left patients with botched results.
That’s why we’ve listed 3 important details you must research before starting your cosmetic surgery journey.
Credentials, Certifications and Plastic Surgery Experience
Is the surgeon board-certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons? Are they a member of the Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons, and/or the Canadian Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery? Is their surgical facility accredited, liscensed and inspected by the Ministry of Health?
How many years has he/she been practicing? What sort of research do they do, and have they published peer reviewed articles or studies in medical journals? Can they show you amazing ‘before and after’ photos from happy patients? Don’t be afraid to ask these questions during your consultation.
Beware of Bargain Ploys
We strongly advise potential patients to avoid budget or bargain surgery ‘ploys’ when searching for a plastic surgery clinic. You know the saying, “If it seems too good to be true”? All plastic surgery treatments should be seen as an investment in your well-being.
When your body and your health are on the line, the lowest bottom line is not in your best interests. If you have any suspicions or doubts, chances are your gut is right and you should probably look into another institution.
We always love a know-it-all during a consultation because it means you’ve done your research! Before your day of surgery, you should be able to confidently answer the following:
What are all risks and possible complications related to your desired procedure? What is the length of the recovery process and what can you expect? What planning for childcare and time off work do you need to have in place? How will this procedure possibly affect your current state of health? And of course, are your expectations for your results realistic? If you cannot answer these questions before going into surgery, we’d recommend doing more research.