Thinking about plastic surgery? Here is what you need to ask

Published
02/17/2020

If people intend to do the aesthetic correction, it is mostly because they have the illusion of improving some part of the face or body. Surgeons have our lives in their hands. You will place all your confidence and your health into the doctor’s hands, so you must know everything that involves undergoing an operation and the importance of the specialist's choice.

Remember that surgeons use medical tools to perform operations on their patients. Surgery can be used to remove or repair parts of the body to treat diseases and injuries or to alter the appearance of the body, so no detail is irrelevant. Now, here is what you have to expect from aesthetic surgery and the doctors.

An aesthetic operation involves the signing of a results contract, that is, there must be improvements in the part intervened after the operation. If not, you can file a complaint, just as if there was some type of medical negligence during the intervention. In 2014, of the 14,430 complaints of medical negligence received by the Patient Advocate, 200 were for aesthetic medicine. But since prevention is preferable to litigation, it is best to know what to do before undergoing an aesthetic operation. Here are the questions you have to ask before making such a step, as suggested by the Aestheticon.


How is the Clinic?

Check that the chosen clinic is legalized and verify on-site if they have resuscitation equipment and UVI, as well as its standard and professional team.


What are the surgeon’s qualifications? 

Make sure that the doctor has a recognized degree of a plastic surgeon and, in addition to being registered and has a solvent curriculum. You can schedule a conversation with the surgeon and ask all the info about his educational background. 


Are there any distrustful intermediaries?

As a patient, you have the right to receive all the information from the specialist doctor who will treat you. In some centers, especially dentistry or aesthetics, the first information is offered by a commercial agent. Be wary of this way of acting.


How does the process look like? 

Before the operation, the person in charge of the clinic or the surgeon must sign a document that shows with what they are going to be injected, the distribution company, the sanitary registration number and that so on. Then ask about the process of healing, the stay and medication that are necessary for the recovery.


What not to do before the procedure? 

Do not sign documents in which you take risks, such as possible infections. Do not pay for everything in advance. In a private clinic, the patient must receive a closed and disaggregated budget that includes the different expenses: stay, intervention and materials. It is not advisable to pay the intervention in advance. Should you decide to do so, you must request an invoice.


What documents do you have to save? 

The invoice and the copy of all the documents that are signed. Ask for a consent document. It is a document in which the chosen professional puts in writing everything that he has explained verbally, so you are aware of every process you are going to undergo.


In the end, we have a piece of general advice. Look for realistic expectations. No rigorous surgeon will promise you results that do not correspond to reality. Do not trust if they give you false hopes and if the message is: the procedure is easy and requires no effort. Every surgery requires effort, and nothing is to be considered a piece of cake. Better double check then sorry, especially if you are undergoing an intervention that is visible.