Helping you achieve the best results is a priority for board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Franklyn L. Elliott. When you come in for a consultation, Dr. Elliott ensures that there is a mutual understanding of goals, realistic expectations, and the reasons for undergoing cosmetic or reconstructive surgery. When all of the bases are covered, it is more likely that the patient will have higher satisfaction rates and a sense of comfort and reliability with the chosen surgeon. Below are a few tips on asking important questions that are vital to a successful surgical process.
- Don’t be afraid to ask procedure-specific questions. Ask to see before and after photos of your specific surgery, and be sure to check if the results you see are possible for you. You may want to ask your surgeon how many of your desired procedures he or she has performed in the past, as well as a step-by-step “where and how” the procedure will be performed.
- Address the risks ahead of time. Ask simply: “What are the risks and complications associated with my surgical procedure and how can I do my part to lessen them?” Knowing the risks prior to your procedure can help you prepare for all types of outcomes, likely or highly unlikely. While Dr. Elliott and his team strive to minimize all possible risks through safety precautions and precise skill and techniques, risks and complications accompany all surgeries, whether cosmetic or medically necessary. It is essential to choose a surgeon who knows how to handle risks and complications safely and effectively.
- Background-check your surgeon. Your surgeon should be able to show you his or her credentials without hesitation. Inquire what board certifications they have, if they were specifically trained in plastic surgery, and their years of experience.
- Know the recovery period and plan ahead. Don’t sabotage your personal and work life by not knowing the length of recovery you can expect. While everyone differs in healing times, it is important to take enough time away from strenuous activities as required by the procedure. Be sure to arrange any help you may need after your procedure with a spouse, partner, or friend.
The suggestions above are merely meant to guide you in a consultation. We encourage patients to address any and all questions and concerns they may have without reservation. If you are interested in scheduling a consultation with us, please contact us today. Connect with Dr. Elliott on Facebook, Twitter, and Google + for the latest cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery news and information.