Making the decision to go ahead with a plastic surgery procedure can be a really big deal. Often it involves a lot of research on your part to ensure you fully understand the procedure you want and the kind of results you can expect. Of course, making that decision is only the first part of the journey, as a big part of how successful your surgery will be is based on the clinic you choose.
Here we’ve put together a number of useful tips that will help you to pick a suitable plastic surgery clinic that provides you with top-level service and ensures you get the results you’re after.
Ask for referrals
If this is your first time visiting a plastic surgery clinic, then there’s a good chance you don’t already have a doctor or clinic in mind. You can begin by asking for recommendations from your primary care physician, family, and friends. Be sure to ask about the good and bad, and why they would or wouldn’t recommend that particular clinic.
Schedule a consultation
Once you narrow down the list of potential plastic surgery clinics it’s a good idea to schedule a consultation. These are usually free appointments where you’ll be able to discuss what it is you want, and the plastic surgeon can provide feedback including what your expected results would be.
This is your opportunity to ask as many questions as possible, so be prepared and write them down ahead of time so you don’t forget anything important. You can ask about everything, from the procedure itself, to the after-care, what they specialize in, pictures of previous work, and even pricing. You will also want to ask about the plastic surgeon’s professional credentials, training, and experience.
Tour the facility in person
It can also help to put your mind at ease to schedule a tour of the facility before making a decision. This is one step further than a basic consultation where you are likely sitting in an office speaking to the surgeon. A tour gives you a chance to see in-person just how clean, organized, and professional the office is.
You’ll find that some clinics may also feel more comfortable and relaxing than others, which again helps to put your mind at ease. If you’re after that ultra-luxury experience that makes you feel calm and comfortable from the moment you walk in the door, SpaMedica is a clinic worth checking out.
Do follow up research on your own
This step is extremely important to ensure you’re making a well-informed decision. After getting a chance to meet with the plastic surgeon in-person, ask your questions, and tour the facility, now is the time to research the surgeon’s history. You want to be sure there are no medical malpractice claims against them and that they have no disciplinary history. You can also view their certifications, medical school, and what clinic or hospital they trained at. It’s a bit of due diligence if you will.
By using each of these tips, you’ll be able to find the ideal plastic surgery clinic that provides you with the results you’re after.
Helen Bradfield did her degree in psychology at the University of Edinburgh. She has an ongoing interest in mental health and well-being.
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