6 Things to Tell Your Surgeon Before Having Plastic Surgery
You’ve been considering plastic surgery. You’ve imagined how the benefits will change your appearance, and you like what you think. But you still have questions about the procedure and are slightly nervous about going under the knife.
How do you learn more about the process without depending solely on blog posts and websites and what your best friend thinks? To get the best information about the cosmetic procedure you are processing, it’s best to get the facts from a professional.
With that said, the search for a plastic surgeon can be exciting. You have an idea of the operation and need a surgeon with a good reputation for achieving excellent results. While this is a good time to list all your questions and concerns, it is critical to be ready to provide honest answers to what your plastic surgeon may ask.
Board-certified plastic surgery Dr. David Dreyfuss suggests being prepared to discuss these six topics that can directly impact your surgery, recovery, and outcome.
1. All Past Procedures, Surgical and Non-Surgical
Disclose all of your past treatments and surgeries, even those that require no downtime. Non-surgical options like laser resurfacing, Ultherapy, CoolSculpting, and injectables affect your tissues differently. Dr. Dreyfuss needs to consider those changes when planning your surgery.
2. Complete Medical History
Provide an outline of your complete medical history—allergies, past procedures, illnesses, and more. Your safety is Dr. Dreyfuss’s primary concern. So, assume everything is relevant to your surgery.
3. Medical Issues That Run in Your Family
Tell Dr. Dreyfuss about medical problems that affect your immediate family. Many conditions are genetic, and knowing this information allows your plastic surgeon to screen for risks that are unique to you.
4. All Prescription Medications
Every drug is relevant to the surgical process, so inform Dr. Dreyfuss about everything you take. It is vital for your safety that he and his team know what will be in your system to ensure that nothing interferes with the surgery, anesthesia, or medications to manage any post-surgery discomfort.
5. All Non-Prescription Medications, Including Recreational Drugs and Supplements
And don’t stop there. Make a list of any non-prescription medicines or supplements you take, including herbal teas. These could interfere with the surgical process and your aftercare medications too. This includes recreational drugs like marijuana. Remember, it’s best that you are 100% honest with Dr. Dreyfuss because he’s your medical professional, not your judge.
6. The Results You Want
Speak candidly with Dr. Dreyfuss about your aesthetic goals. Bring some wish pics or pick a look from our gallery. That’s not to say what you want is possible, but it is at least a good benchmark. If Dr. Dreyfuss believes your expectations are impossible, he will tell you why. Then explain what the surgery can accomplish or suggest an alternative treatment.