How you prepare

Questions 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?
  • Is this a good time in my life to have cosmetic surgery?
  • Have I talked about my concerns and questions openly with my doctor?

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 will be involved in my care?
  • What results can I expect?
  • Will I need a physical examination prior to surgery?
  • Are there risks unique to my health history?

Questions to ask about a procedure:

  • What does the procedure do? What does it not do?
  • Is this the right treatment for me? Are there other procedures I should consider?
  • What are the risks and complications associated with this procedure?
  • How long is the recovery period?
  • Can I expect much discomfort? What are my pain management options?
  • Will I have any scars and if yes, what will they look like?
  • If my procedure requires stitches, when will they be removed?
  • What kind of activity restrictions will I have following surgery?
  • How long before I can go back to my regular routine?
  • How long before I see the final results of my surgery?
  • How long will the results last?
  • How much does the procedure cost?