Scientific advances in health and medicine has made it possible for an increasing variety of plastic surgery procedures. If you’ve been considering plastic surgery for a while now, you’ve probably done your homework and have read a lot of things online. It’s either you’re now a plastic surgery expert or more confused with the bewildering array of options and advice concerning plastic surgery.
Here at our Bay Area plastic surgery practice, we want our patients to do more than just come up with a decision. Dr. Lavey and the rest of the team makes it a point to assist patients in coming up in informed decision. Making an informed decision is all about knowing everything that needs to to be known about the procedure and weighing its risks and benefits.
Below are steps to making sure that your plastic surgery experience here at our practice is happily satisfying and rewarding brought about by making an informed decision.
1. Know exactly what it is that you want and find out which procedures can give you the results you desire.
2. Consider your lifestyle before plastic surgery. The results of your plastic surgery will primarily depend on two things — your lifestyle before the procedure and what happens during recovery. The following lifestyle factors has been shown to significantly play a role in plastic surgery outcomes:
- smoking habits and exposure to secondhand smoke
- current weight and history of fluctuations in your weight
- exercise and level of physical activity
- sleeping patterns
- sun exposure
- stress levels and personal coping mechanisms
3. Take the time to know your plastic surgeon including educational background, board certifications, experience, and qualifications. In addition, you also need to be comfortable while interacting with the plastic surgeon of your choice.
4. Have a thorough personal consultation with your plastic surgeon. The initial consultation is a vital component in coming up with an informed decision. This is the part where you can ask questions and have a candid discussion of the procedure’s risks and benefits. You can also ask about the prerequisites of the procedure. Furthermore, you also need to honest with your medical history.
5. Give yourself time before you commit. Having enough time to think about whether or not you’ll have a procedure is essential to coming up with an informed decision. The takeaway here is not to commit to to having the procedure when you have doubts about the procedure, the surgeon, or even yourself.
6. Plan for your aftercare. An excellent recovery plan is as important as preparing for the surgery. Take the time to secure supplies that may be needed following surgery. You might also want to make sure that you have a contingency plan in case complications will arise.
Your Personal Consultation with Dr. Lavey
Each person is unique. Thus a personal consultation with Dr. Lavey should be in order to help you figure out which procedure suits you best. Call us at 925.820.3633 or fill out this contact form to set up an appointment. We look forward to your visit!