It’s perfectly natural for patients to come into the plastic surgery procedure with a slew of questions. In his 16 years of experience working with patients to get them the results they want, Dr. Ghaderi has had to answer his fair share of questions.
Here, he gives us his take on 3 FAQs about plastic surgery procedures:
- What’s the one thing, above all else, that determines the success of a cosmetic procedure?
If I had to pick one thing, I’d say it’s working with a plastic surgeon you trust. But there’s a lot that goes under that heading. There’s the accreditation and experience—your plastic surgeon should be board certified and have years of experience working in the field, particularly on the procedure you’re looking to have done. There are also the soft factors—when you meet in person, you’ll be able to tell right away whether there’s compatibility between you and that doctor, and that will determine how you want to move forward.
- How long do you recommend thinking about a procedure before going through with it?
It’s without question that everyone should think carefully before undergoing a cosmetic procedure. With that being said, there is no right answer to how long that decision should take. It depends on the patient’s personality—some people like to wait years before making a major life decision. Others may be able to make the decision and go through with the procedure in the same month. The doctor is the last line of defense when it comes to this. In our consultation with the patient, we try to understand the person’s reasons for undergoing the procedure and how well thought-out his or her reasoning is. There have been times when we’ve turned someone away when we didn’t think the decision was carefully thought out.
- What’s one aspect of cosmetic surgery that not many patients think about at the outset?
I would say, the recovery period and the special considerations that go with it—not being able to lift anything over 5 pounds, etc. It really is crucial for the success of the procedure that the patient follows the recovery instructions exactly. But even though a lot of people don’t think about it at the outset, we cover all the recovery requirements in our consultations with the patient. So, I would say — even if you’re not sure when you may want to have a procedure done, go in for the initial consultation. Your doctor will be able to give you a lot of feedback about what you can expect in terms of the recovery. And from there, you can decide what time of the year would be best for you to have the procedure done.
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