Though cosmetic surgery is becoming more and more accessible and popular, it’s important not to forget that it’s often a complicated and specialised operation, sometimes requiring general anaesthetic. The more you know about the procedure, the more you can ask during the consultation period, and the more enlightening the encounter will be.

When travelling for your pre-surgery consultation, remember that doctors often talk in highly specific and technical language. If you are feeling confused or don’t understand something they’re telling you, ask them to explain it in layman’s terms – it’s absolutely imperative that you have
peace-of-mind before heading to the operating table.

It’s also important that you bring something to the table, so try to spend some time researching the procedure you’re undertaking. It will give you a greater understanding going into the consultation, as well as likely resulting in additional, more in-depth questions for your surgeon. Some questions you should ask your surgeon:

  • How many times have you performed this procedure?
  • How long have you been performing this procedure?
  • What other procedures do you perform?
  • What risks are associated with this procedure?
  • Who will assist in the procedure? What are their qualifications and training?
  • Are all surgical staff/assistants licensed?
  • What is involved in the procedure? How is it performed?
  • I’m currently on another medication – will this impact the procedure?

Will I need to take medication after the operation?

  • Do you have before and after photos of previous patients who’ve received the procedure?
  • Can you provide references of previous patients?
  • Can I get advance copies of all forms I have to complete and sign prior to procedure?
  • How long will the procedure take?
  • How long will the sedation effects last?
  • Will anaesthetics be involved? If yes, what sort of sedation will the anaesthetist use?
  • What are the emergency plans if something goes wrong?
  • Are you insured for malpractice?
  • What protections do I have if I’m unhappy with the result?
  • How long will it take to recover in the facility before discharge?
  • What concerns should I have following the procedure?
  • What measures should I take to optimise my recovery?
  • Will there be any noticeable scarring?
  • What realistic result can I expect?

Remember that this list isn’t comprehensive – be sure to ask your surgeon anything you feel is important or specific to your circumstances. The more you know, the safer you’ll feel!