Anyone planning to undertake cosmetic surgery should do their research and their homework before they begin, notes Melbourne Plastic Surgeon, Mr Craig Rubinstein. And having a Second Opinion is considered best-practice for a patient who is exploring elective surgery.
We all wish to look our best and achieve our goals. Unfortunately, there are traps for the unwary and uninformed. Be sure you read all you can about your desired procedure AND speak to a seasoned, FRACS qualified Surgeon before consenting.
Author: Craig Rubinstein’s Team (2012)
Cosmetic Surgery procedures, particularly the performing cosmetic procedures may exclude a full surgical team in most popular breast enhancements, breast reduction, facelifts, abdominoplasty and even augmentation, are major surgical procedures you at risk. For the sake of a relatively small extra cost it is not worth it. in themselves. They need to be treated as such by both the doctor and the patient. Like it or not, things can and do go wrong from time to time.
Outlined below are some of the critical success factors that I believe anyone considering a cosmetic procedure should follow before selecting their surgeon and finally deciding to undertake treatment.Anyone planning to undertake cosmetic surgery should do their homework before they start says Melbourne Plastic Surgeon, Mr Craig Rubinstein.
QUALIFICATION OF THE SURGEON
Not all those who perform cosmetic surgery are alike, irrespective of what they tell you and how their rooms and staff may appear. The important issue here is that your surgeon has received formal supervised training in your intended procedure and is not ‘learning on the job’. For major procedures such as those mentioned above, surgeons with the appropriate formal training are Fellows of the Royal Australian College of Surgeons (FRACS) who in turn are eligible to become members of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). No other doctors in Australia receive such formal training.
EXPERIENCE OF THE SURGEON
It is important that the surgeon you select is an expert – and highly experienced – in performing your procedure.
Ask how many such procedures they have performed in the past 12 months. Ask what complications they have had (all doctors that operate enough will have complications) and how they have dealt with them. Ask what their policy is for when outcomes need further treatment.
ONLY THE BEST SURGICAL FACILITIES
Ensure that your procedure will be completed in a well-equipped, safe and properly registered and resourced surgical facility. It must be capable of dealing with all aspects of your surgery. This should ideally be a hospital with a full range of emergency equipment if there are any unforeseen complications. Properly accredited day surgery centres have these, but some do not have such facilities and there may be a time delay in getting you to a major hospital should you need.
A FULL SURGICAL TEAM
Cosmetic surgery is very significant surgery. You should insist upon the presence of not just your appropriately qualified surgeon but also an anaethetist (with qualifications recognised by the State Medical Boards), a surgical assistant and a full theatre nursing team.
Some doctors performing cosmetic procedures may exclude a full surgical team in order to lower their prices and get the sale.In my view,to do so puts you at risk. For the sake of a relatively small extra cost it is not worth it.
ASK HARD QUESTIONS AND ONLY ACCEPT STRAIGHT ANSWERS
Your surgeon is a person like anyone else (not a God). It is important you explain exactly what you want, and the surgeon should answer very candidly whether or not this is possible. If it comes to it, the surgeon should say that what you are expecting is not possible and advise you against the procedure. If you feel that you are not getting straight answers to your questions, think twice about the surgeon. Your instincts are probably correct.
TREAT THE WHOLE PERSON
Cosmetic surgery is a very personal decision that is undertaken for many different reasons. It is important that your surgeon (and their team) understand this and deal with you as an individual not ‘just another case’. This supportive environment is very important before your procedure and may be even more important afterwards.
Cosmetic surgery can be a positive, life-changing experience. It can enhance self-esteem and confidence. Please remember though that for potentially one of the most significant decisions you can make in your life, take your time before anything and do your homework! If you follow these ‘success factors’ you are most likely to achieve results you desire.
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