Just a few years ago plastic surgery was still a new thing. There were very few people who went under the knife and even less who admitted to it. Today, however, all of us know at least one person who’s altered their appearance and a lot of the controversy has been removed.
That said, the choice to undergo plastic surgery is still one that should be considered carefully. It is after all a medical procedure that involves a certain amount of risk. This risk quite literally rests in the hands of the surgeon, so one of the most important things to do is to ensure that the person handling the scalpel is the best person for the job.
Ask for a referral
The best way to find a surgeon is to ask a GP or a friend or family member for a referral. This person should ideally have had the same procedure done, as it is the best way to judge the type of results and service you’ll receive.
Conduct a background check
Receiving a referral from someone you trust does not free you from doing a thorough background check on the surgeon. The surgeon must be properly qualified, registered with the relevant medical governing body and be a member of a national plastic surgery society.
Enter the consulting room armed with questions
It is imperative that you ask questions about the practice and its processes, the surgical procedure and the surgeon’s experience. The surgeon should actively encourage questions and be forthcoming with answers.
A surgeon who refuses to answer questions, or who provides vague answers, should be treated with caution. It could very well mean that they are hiding. Try to get to the bottom of things, but if you can’t, move on to the next doctor. You want to be able to trust the person doing the surgery.
Go with your gut
Sometimes despite the fact that everything checks out, you might still feel uncomfortable when dealing with the surgeon. This could be down to something as simple as a clash of personalities. It could also be something that you can’t quite put your finger on.
Whatever the reason, don’t feel bad about moving on to another doctor. It is your body, so even if it takes scheduling your breast augmentation in Pretoria if you live in Cape Town, do it. You need to be entirely comfortable with your plastic surgeon.