So, you’re unhappy with the way your body looks, and you’ve decided to enhance your appearance through plastic surgery. While deciding which procedure you’re interested in is a huge step in the process, choosing the right plastic surgery center is arguably the most decision you’ll make. After all, you don’t want to put the future of your appearance and self-confidence in the hands of just anyone.
To help you choose the right plastic surgery center, here are five of the most important factors to consider.
1. Does the plastic surgery center make you feel comfortable?
Any reputable plastic surgery center should offer you a personal consultation or meeting of some sort before you commit to a service there. During your initial consultation, you should be assessing the center and everyone working there to get a feel for how comfortable you’d be as a patient. Especially when you’re considering going under the knife, first impressions are everything. Some of the questions to ask yourself during the consultation process include:
- Do you feel comfortable and at ease when you’re speaking on the phone with their staff?
- How are you greeted when walking up to the front desk?
- Is the doctor/nurse/medical consultant friendly?
- Are they willing to answer all of your questions and address your concerns?
If anything about the center makes you uneasy, such as unfriendly staff members or an inability to answer your questions adequately, it’s probably not going to be the best fit for you. When you’re going in for a procedure of any kind, you should be optimistic and excited about the results, rather than uncomfortable with the process from the get-go.
2. Do they specialize in the type of plastic surgery procedure you want?
Each plastic surgery procedure requires a different set of skills, and most plastic surgeons will have a speciality—rather than performing anything and everything. You should want to find a center that has a proven track record with the type of procedure you’re interested in if you want the best results. For example, if a doctor doesn’t have much experience with breast augmentations, you probably don’t want him or her to be the one putting in your set of implants. They may be the number one rhinoplasty surgeon in the country, but asking them to do something outside of their specialty is probably not in your best interest.
3. Can they provide you with proof of their work (references and testimonials)?
You wouldn’t ask a contractor to remodel your bathroom without seeing examples of their past projects or a designer to make your wedding dress without seeing some of their other work. Likewise, your plastic surgeon should be able to provide you with references and testimonials before they expect you to hire them for a service. If they are good at what they do, they should be happy to show you before-and-after photos and share their testimonials with you. This will help you get a visual idea of what to expect with your upcoming procedure.
4. How do they prioritize safety at the plastic surgery facility?
With any type of procedure—invasive or otherwise—your safety should be the number one priority at any plastic surgery center. Ask your doctor what they do to minimize risks and ensure that your safety is put first. If they are actively putting patient safety and comfort first, they should be able to give specific examples. Examples may have to do with the type of technology used, the methods of anesthesia, and their attention to cleanliness in the facility