Plastic surgery is a deeply personal decision and should not be made lightly or without having a series of comprehensive consultations with a qualified plastic surgeon. If you’re just starting out on your research, it can be a little overwhelming to try and discover what types of surgeries or cosmetic treatments will be best suited for your unique needs.
And they are unique—it’s important to understand that no two plastic surgeries or cosmetic treatments are ever exactly the same, since everyone’s anatomy and aesthetic goals are different. A well trained plastic surgeon can help you to better understand your own anatomy and what kinds of treatments will result in the most positive outcomes.
Having a Solid Understanding of the Procedure(s) You’re Considering
It is very important that you fully understand the procedure that you’re considering having, including any potential risks, the amount of recovery or downtime that will be necessary, and how this might affect your daily routine. Planning ahead is often necessary, particularly for individuals with occupations which require a lot of physical movement—for example, after a tummy tuck or breast lift, a patient will need to avoid lifting heavy objects while their body heals from the operation.
During a consultation with a plastic surgeon, you’ll have the opportunity to ask as many questions as you like. It’s a good idea to clarify any terms you don’t know—if you’re not a medical professional, you won’t be expected to use medical terminology (and even if you are, it’s still fine to speak plainly as what you’re discussing may not be your area of expertise). The plastic surgeon will explain all medical terminology to you and help you to develop a more precise understanding of exactly what the potential surgery involves.
You should also have a thorough understanding of the realistic outcomes that are possible from the treatment that you are considering.
Having Realistic Expectations
Realistic expectations are important when undergoing any kind of cosmetic treatment and it is the role of your plastic surgeon to provide you with this information. Plastic surgery and other cosmetic treatments are rarely “perfect” solutions, but thousands of patients across Canada have benefited dramatically from this area of medical practice. Plastic surgery isn’t the same as it was twenty years ago or even a decade ago—the technology and techniques used are constantly under development by experts, and this has led to some rather remarkable and rewarding outcomes for many people.
Finding the Right Plastic Surgeon to Work With
First impressions matter. After ensuring that they are board certified and registered with The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, it is important that you ultimately feel comfortable with your surgeon enough to trust them with your body. The initial consultation gives you the opportunity to get to know the plastic surgeon—in the event that you’re uncomfortable in any way, it might be beneficial to move on to your next potential candidate. You will likely want to inquire about the surgeon’s educational history and any qualifications they may have that are pertinent to the procedure you’re considering.