Before electing to undergo facelift surgery there are several questions you should ask your doctor to ensure they are the right fit for you and what you want to achieve through surgery.
Here are the top 5 questions to ask prior to undergoing facelift surgery:
- Are you board certified in cosmetic surgery?
This question answers a number of other important questions about a surgeon’s training, experience, and commitment to patient safety. In the U.S. it is legal for any licensed physician to perform cosmetic procedures, whether or not they have been trained in that field. Knowing your doctor is board certified ensures that they have received ample training and are qualified to perform the procedure you are looking into.
- How frequently do you perform facelifts?
Although a surgeon is board certified in cosmetic surgery, they may not specialize in facial plastic surgery. You want to consider a plastic surgeon who performs a high percentage of facelifts in his/her practice to ensure their capabilities to achieve the outcome you desire.
- What will my recovery be like?
The recovery process is different for all cosmetic procedures as well as varying by patient. Understanding the details of the recovery and post-op process to follow your facelift will help you find the right time for you to undergo facelift surgery.
- How long have you been in practice? Can I speak to any of your former patients?
Understanding the history of your doctor’s practice and the relationship with his/her patients. Will ensure his/her dedication to their patients and what you can expect throughout your experience with the doctor as well as their staff.
- Where is the operation performed? Can you handle all complications? Do you have hospital privileges?
Your safety is the number one priority when undergoing any kind of surgery, especially facelift surgery. It is very important to understand that the procedure will be performed in a fully accredited operating room. Furthermore, being certain that your doctor has hospital privileges and is able to handle any possible complications that could arise will ensure that you are in safe, talented, and qualified hands prior to undergoing facelift surgery.