5 Most Important Things to Tell Your Surgeon Before Plastic Surgery

5 Most Important Things to Tell Your Surgeon Before Plastic Surgery

09th Mar 2018

Your desire to undergo a plastic surgery intervention opens the way to a medical procedure over the course of which you will need to make important decisions. For everything to go smoothly and easily, you will need to consider doing some things, such as opening up to your plastic surgeon about certain things in your life.

Many people tend to believe that they need only to show up at the plastic surgeon’s office with a picture in their hands, and the doctor will take it from there and provide them with exactly the same body feature presented in the picture. In real life, this is not how things work. The consultation with the plastic surgeon is actually a dialogue that is meant to help the patient understand all the details of the procedure he/she desires to undergo and to aid the plastic surgeon in knowing relevant information about the patient’s lifestyle and medical conditions.

Some patients come to the plastic surgeon’s clinic prepared with a list of questions and their complete medical record. Others bring just the questions and are evasive when it comes to some habits and medication that the plastic surgeon asks about. Keep in mind that the plastic surgeon is not there to make judgments on your lifestyle choices. He will not treat you differently, and he will keep things confidential, so don’t be shy or afraid to confide in him. If you are planning to go to the consultation with the plastic surgeon together with your partner, a friend, or a family member, and you would not like them to find out certain details about your life, try to reconsider your choice for company rather than neglect to answer your surgeon in detail and truthfully.

The plastic surgeon will ask certain questions that will help him to properly and accurately assess your condition, both emotionally and physically, and it will also prepare him for what to expect during and after surgery. Giving him certain information before scheduling the procedure can be crucial to the success of your intervention and in order to avoid unwanted complications that can even threaten your life.


When you meet the plastic surgeon for the first time

When you consider making an appointment at the plastic surgery clinic, you should keep in mind that it can take even up to one month to get there. Good plastic surgeons are not easy to find. Hence, their schedules can be filled way in advance.

During the consultation, make your time together worth something. Tell the plastic surgeon exactly what your expectations are, in your terms and as clearly as possible. Ask questions to make sure the plastic surgeon understood what you want, and that he can provide you with the desired results. Also, it is essential to talk to him truthfully about the health conditions that you suffered from in the past or you are still suffering at present. Mention all the surgeries that you underwent, allergies, and treatments that you might have taken or are currently taking. Remember that your secrets are safe with the plastic surgeon.

Your doctor will certainly want to know if you are a smoker or a vegetarian because in both situations, the recovery period can be more difficult, and you might be predisposed to certain complications. These details can be of utmost importance at some point during the medical process.

In addition, it is important to make sure you understood all the explanations your plastic surgeon offered. Your plastic surgeon should discuss all the details of the intervention with you in simple words and avoid medical terminology where possible. If you still have questions or things you forgot to tell your surgeon, schedule a second consultation before setting up the date for the surgery. There are some studies showing that patients remember about 20 percent of the information they get during a consultation. To make sure you make the most out of your time with the surgeon, come prepared with a list of questions and even write down the answers when you get them.


The consultation with the plastic surgeon should make some things clear for you, such as:

  • The operative techniques that are most suitable for your case and will be used during the intervention
  • The type of anesthesia that will be used
  • What to expect in terms of post-operative pain and potential complications
  • How to take care of yourself after the surgery
  • How long you are required to stay in the plastic surgery clinic after the procedure is performed
  • The estimated amount of time for the recovery period
  • How many days or weeks you won’t be able to work
  • What results to expect after the surgery
  • What to do if you are not happy with the results of the intervention

Before making a decision to schedule a plastic surgery intervention, the patient must be informed not only regarding the details of the procedure, but as well as its advantages and disadvantages. We recommend to our patients to start their research online, as it can be a good starting point, but only from specialized and medical sites. However, the information that you will find online can’t replace the opinion and medical indication that you will receive from your plastic surgeon. The plastic surgeon will make decisions and recommend treatment options or certain techniques based on your medical condition, your current anatomy, and also the desires that you expressed.

During the consultation, your plastic surgeon will perform a physical examination on you and ask about your medical history, current medication plan (including vitamins, minerals, and any other naturist treatment), and health or emotional conditions. This will help him assess if you are a good candidate for the procedure you are interested in. Your plastic surgeon will also need to assess if your expectations from the surgery are reasonable and realistic.


5 important things to tell your surgeon before undergoing plastic surgery:

  1. Your detailed medical history

Don’t forget to include even childhood conditions if you think they might be relevant in any way. When it comes to your medical history, the more you will share with the surgeon, the more you will reduce the risks of potential complications to occur and prepare the surgeon better for surgery.

  1. Allergies

If you are confronted with any allergies, make it a priority to talk to your plastic surgeon about this. Even if you think it is not related to the topic, your plastic surgeon will make the decision if it is relevant for your procedure or not.

  1. Current medication, including natural supplements

Some medication can act as a blood anti-coagulant, and this can lead to excessive bleeding after surgery and can cause serious health conditions that can even be life-threatening. Your plastic surgeon must know what medication you are taking, and he will advise you whether you need to stop the treatment or not.

  1. Previous plastic surgery interventions

If you want to schedule your fourth liposuction in less than a year, and you think your plastic surgeon won’t notice you had interventions in the area before, you are wrong. You subject yourself to unnecessary risks by not confiding in your doctor about previous plastic surgery interventions you underwent. As we have mentioned before, his role is not to judge, but offer a specialized opinion and help you achieve the desired results.

  1. The results you expect after the procedure

If your plastic surgeon doesn’t ask you what you expect from the procedure, you should tell him anyway (or look for another plastic surgeon). The procedure’s success is dependent on what you want to achieve, hence, discussing this with the surgeon in clear terms can help you avoid getting unsatisfactory results after the intervention.



We had a patient saying that coming to the plastic surgeon’s office for the first consultation was very similar to going to the church for a confession. However, it is not your sins that your plastic surgeon will want to find out about or discuss, but your lifestyle and habits, current and past medication, as well as physical and emotional health conditions, which might put their marks on the results of the surgery or complicate the recovery process.

Keep in mind that the plastic surgeon won’t judge your choices, even if you had multiple plastic surgery interventions in that specific area before, or you are a smoker, or taking certain medication. He does need to find out all the details so he can decide if you are an eligible candidate for the procedure and try to prevent unwanted complications from occurring.


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