When it is performed properly by a qualified plastic surgeon, cosmetic surgery can truly enhance one’s appearance. Conversely, if you choose the wrong surgeon, it can result in a lifelong nightmare for you. Do you know what to look for when choosing and hiring a plastic surgeon? Better yet, do you know what to look out for? Before you choose and hire a plastic surgeon, you need to be doing some research so that you spot those “red flags” whenever they pop up. Here is a list of things to look out for so you don’t make the mistake of hiring a bad plastic surgeon.
Make sure that the surgeon’s office is clean and in pristine condition. If they’re going to be operating on you, then cleanliness should be the key issue.
The “before” and “after” photos of his surgeries all look identical. You want a plastic surgeon that can recognize your features and come up with a surgery that enhances your looks.
The surgeon is either not a specialist or operating outside of his qualifications. Even though a good OB-GYN can perform a tummy tuck or other surgery, you should stick with a specialist.
The surgeon performs “in-house” surgery because they don’t have hospital privileges. This is a critical safety issue. Hospitals enforce strict sanitary rules to eliminate the possibility of infection.
Most plastic surgeries are priced within close parameters – beware of one who is too cheaply priced. If that surgeon’s price is 20% less or more than the price quotes you’ve been getting, there could be several reasons for this and none of them are good ones.
The surgeon uses one technique to perform a particular surgery. It’s fine if the surgeon tells you how he prefers to operate, but they should still be skilled at the different techniques with the particular surgery involved.
The surgeon tries to “sell” you on additional surgical procedures that have nothing to do with the surgery you want performed. It’s one thing if they suggest liposuction to further enhance that tummy tuck. However, if you’re consulting with the surgeon for a lip augmentation and he asks or suggests about your hips and thighs, you should get up and head for the door.
The surgeon is paying attention to your questions. Be aware of the surgeon that answers your questions before you are finished asking them, as well as if they are always interrupting you.
Their behavior is condescending, disrespectful, or inappropriate. If you get the feeling that the surgeon isn’t being sensitive to your needs and is being inappropriate or insulting your intelligence, get up and leave their office.
The surgeon should ask you questions other than just the general health ones. Make sure they ask you questions regarding what you are actually thinking of changing or how to change certain features.
Check the surgeon’s references. If they try to put you off on this when you ask for those references, that’s also a major red flag.
Most importantly, if you just have a bad feeling about the surgeon at any point in time during the consultation, head for the door and don’t look back!