What to consider before surgery
As with any major surgery, deciding to undergo cosmetic or plastic surgery is a decision you will undoubtedly live with the rest of your life. Accordingly, it’s a decision that should not be made lightly. Your choice of a cosmetic surgeon is just as important as your decision to have the surgery itself.
Of course your goal is a pleasing, successful outcome and the enhancement of how you feel about yourself. However, if you experience an unsuccessful outcome, you may face additional costs, additional surgery and, unfortunately, heartache. To that end, there are some things to consider before you decide to go “under the knife.”
Looking at patients for reference
- Have you considered the aesthetics of the procedure? What one person finds beautiful may not be beautiful to another. It’s important to find a cosmetic surgeon that shares your aesthetic tastes. Look at before-and-after photos and compare the results for the procedure you want. Take a selfie for reference. If you are considering a facial procedures, look for photos of patients that are close to your age, have a similar facial structure and have some of the same concerns. Do they look the way you want to look after your surgery?
Experience and certifications
- Does your surgeon have experience in the procedure you want? Each area of cosmetic surgery requires different skills – operating on a breast is quite different from operating on a nose. Ask your surgeon how they trained in the procedure you want and how many times they have performed it.
- Is the surgeon board certified? The government does not require a plastic surgeon to be specifically trained in the procedures they offer. Many doctors with general surgery or other medical training decide to offer cosmetic surgery. Dr. Guarnieri is board certified in cosmetic and plastic surgery – the most dependable way of assessing whether a cosmetic surgeon is properly trained.
Comfort with your surgeon
- Do you feel a connection with your surgeon? It’s important to feel comfortable with your cosmetic surgeon and their support team and feel like you can trust them to recommend what is the right procedure for you.
Dr. Guarnieri would be eager to discuss your concerns or questions about the cosmetic procedure you are considering. Call (757) 345-2275 for a consultation appointment, today.