5 Questions to Ask Your Plastic Surgeon

When deciding on the right plastic surgeon, it is important that you ask the doctor and staff all of the questions you have in order to get straight answers that will help you make an informed decision. The following questions can be used as a guide to help through the process of getting comfortable with a plastic surgeon’s  skill, experience & bedside manner.

Before you have plastic surgery, you will meet with your surgeon for a
consultation. Most plastic surgeons charge a consultation fee, since they are
providing a professional evaluation, recommendation and explanation of
procedures.

Questions to ask during your consultation

1. The first question you should ALWAYS ask when consulting with a Plastic Surgeon is if they are Board Certified with The American Board of Plastic Surgery.  The American Board of Plastic Surgery is the ONLY board recognized by The American Board of Medical Specialties.There are no laws in the United States that require doctors to practice only within the specialty fields in which they were trained. Do not be fooled when doctors claim that they are board certified physicians. Always ask which board they are certified with. If it is anything other than The American Board of Plastic Surgery, proceed with caution.

2. Does he/she have hospital privileges? This is important because  before granting operating privileges, hospital review committees evaluate a surgeon’s training and competency for specific procedures. If the doctor does not have hospital privileges to perform your procedure, look for another surgeon. Dr. Kaplan currently has privileges at: Hackensack University Medical Center, The Valley Hospital, Holy Name Medical Center, St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center, St. Joseph’s Wayne Hospital, Palisades Medical Center, & SurgiCare of Englewood Cliffs.

3. What are the possible risks & complications? There are risks with any surgical procedure. Find out what they are, how often they occur, and how they will be handled if they do occur. If the doctor does not openly discuss the risks or says that there are no risks, seek another opinion.

4. What is the expected recovery for the procedure? Important points to discuss are postoperative restrictions on activity and typical time periods for resuming work and social activities.

5. Are there alternatives to the procedure you are recommending? Sometimes, surgery is not the only answer. You might be able to achieve the desired results through nonsurgical treatments. Ask your plastic surgeon about the benefits and risks of these alternatives so you can make an informed decision.

During the consultation, you will want to discuss your goals with your surgeon.
Your surgeon will examine you and advise the best procedure to achieve your
desired results.