How you prepare

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Questions for the patient to consider before pursuing cosmetic surgery:

  • What are my motives for wanting to change how I look?
  • What are the specific attributes of my appearance that I want to change?
  • Do I have realistic expectations about the results of the surgery?
  • What aspects of my life will be affected such as family, work, travel and social obligations?
  • What time in my life will work best so that I have the greatest chance for a successful recovery?
  • Have I talked about my concerns and questions openly with my health care provider?

Questions to ask the cosmetic surgeon:

It is a good idea to bring a notepad to write down answers.

  • What are your qualifications?
  • How long have you been board-certified?
  • How many procedures have you done similar to the one I'm considering?
  • What other health care professionals are involved in my care?
  • What side effects can I expect?
  • What results can I expect?
  • What are the possible complications of the cosmetic surgery I am considering?
  • What kind of help will I need at home following surgery?
  • How long before I see the final results of my surgery?
  • How long before I can go back to work and/or resume exercise?
  • Are there complications unique to my health history?
  • Will I have any scars and if yes, what will they look like?
  • If my procedure requires stitches, when will they be removed?
  • How much does the procedure cost?

Questions to ask about a procedure:

  • What does the procedure do? What does it not do?
  • What are the risks and complications associated with this procedure?
  • How long is the recovery period?
  • Can I expect much discomfort?
  • Will I have scars?
  • Are there other procedures I should consider at the same time?
  • Will I need a physical examination prior to surgery?
  • How long will the results last?
  • How much does it cost?
May. 14, 2014