While it is regrettable, it is simply an inevitable fact that age will leave its imprint on a woman’s body and face. In many cases, the only solution to erase those signs is to get help from plastic surgery. Whatever your motive may be, whether it is to correct certain imperfections that bother you or improving the aspect of features of your body, there are a few mandatory questions that you, together with the plastic surgeon, must answer before making the decision to undergo a plastic surgery procedure. The answers to these questions will help you understand whether or not plastic surgery is the most appropriate course of action for you. Sometimes, women decide to give up on the idea to undergo surgery after finding out what the risks are, how the procedure is performed, and what the consequences of this type of procedures will bring. This is why we have prepared a list of questions to help you do your homework properly before the procedure: Important questions for you and the plastic surgeon 1. I have more options in terms of plastic surgeons, how do I make the right choice? The references regarding the plastic surgeons are viable if the people offering it had been patients in the past and had the same type of procedure. It is important to choose that plastic surgeon who has performed plenty of successful interventions of the type you are interested in. Choose the best breast augmentation plastic surgeon if this is the procedure you want to undergo, not the surgeon who is famous for his nose jobs. Talk to the plastic surgeon and find out how many similar interventions he had performed in the last couple of years. 2. What to expect during the first consultation? The initial consultation won’t take longer than 30 to 40 minutes, after which you will learn some information about the procedure, as well as the risks and benefits associated with it. More than this, the plastic surgeon will evaluate if you are a good candidate for the surgery and can even show you examples of results (before and after pictures of other patients). The details about the costs will also be presented. 2. How many consultations with the surgeon will there be before the surgery? Under normal conditions, there will be two or three consultations before the plastic surgery intervention. You will learn all the details about the procedure, the risks and complications and the operative plan when you visit the surgeon. During these consultations, you will also have plenty of time to ask necessary questions so that you will have all the details before undergoing surgery. 3. How many procedures can I undergo in one day? Two procedures are usually performed in the same sitting. It is preferred that the duration of the intervention will not be longer than six hours in the operative room. Any aesthetic procedure is a surgical intervention and it can be traumatic for the patient if it lasts very long. Moreover, the more time spent in the operative room, the more risks are involved during the procedure and the recovery time. However, it is now very common for two procedures to be performed at the same time (for example tummy tuck and liposuction, breast augmentation and tummy tuck, liposuction and fat transfer to the buttocks and so on). 4. How long does the recovery period last? The recovery period is different from one intervention to the other, as well as from one patient to another. Usually, the recovery period is in between a few days to two weeks. The results of the intervention can only be evaluated three to six months after the intervention, when all the scars have healed. 5. How often do complications occur? Fortunately, the complications don’t occur very often after plastic surgery, an estimate will be 4% of all cases treated by a plastic surgeon. Of course, there are certain interventions when the complications rate can be higher such as in a major plastic surgery (body lifts, tummy tucks etc.). The plastic surgeon is responsible for explaining all the risks of the intervention before scheduling the procedure. 6. What can I do if I am not happy with the results of the intervention? Firstly, , talk to your surgeon about the results and then compare the pictures, before and after the procedure. Remember what you have discussed with the surgeon regarding realistic expectations and keep in mind that sometimes it takes longer to see the results (because immediately after the surgery, the area is swollen and requires some time to heal). If you are not happy with the results of your procedure, you can always ask for a second opinion from another surgeon or request for a revision. 7. Will I have a scar after plastic surgery? Yes, there are always scars that will be left behind after plastic surgery. Will they be visible? Well, this depends on the talent of the surgeon and the way your body will heal. 8. What are the interventions with the best costs over results report? The surgical interventions meant to correct an imperfection permanently or to change a feature have the best price/ benefits over results as these are performed only once. For enhancement procedures such as breast augmentation or butt lifts, additional interventions may be required in time. 9. Are there plastic surgery interventions that people should avoid? Yes, patients should avoid trying new methods of feature augmentation performed with illegal substances or materials not yet approved by the FDA. Always choose an intervention that had been properly tested before and a surgeon who is board-certified and experienced. 10. How young is too young for plastic surgery? You are not too young for plastic surgery interventions if you are over 21 years old, especially if you want to undergo a corrective procedure. Of course, your plastic surgeon will offer you more details and tell you if there is a medical indication for the procedure you are interested in. 11. I am overweight, is it recommended to undergo liposuction? An honest answer from a responsible surgeon will be “no”. It is ideal not to be more than 5 kg over the normal weight for your age and height when choosing liposuction. The liposuction procedure is only effective on the subcutaneous layer of fat and it won’t help you with visceral fat. If you are overweight, the procedure won’t help you achieve impressive results. Hence, it is recommended first to try lose some weight and then liposuction can help perfect the results and the appearance of your body. 12. Will liposuction eliminate cellulite? Liposuction is not a treatment and does not eliminate cellulite. More than this, there are cases in which liposuction can even worsen the aspect of the skin. In other cases, cellulite might be mildly improved after liposuction in certain areas, but it will never be fully eliminated with liposuction. 13. Is there a risk to accumulate more fat in the areas where liposuction was performed? The adipose cells eliminated during liposuction will find its way back, thus it is possible for you to accumulate fat in other areas of the body that were not treated by liposuction, that causes an ulterior weight gain. Moreover, there will be adipose cells left in the area treated, too, and it can also increase its volume when you put on weight. 14. Do I have to replace the silicone implants? Silicone implants are not meant to last forever. It should be replaced after a certain period of time; your plastic surgeon will tell you all about its warranty. The implants may also need to be replaced due to complications that may occur with time such as capsular contracture. 15. Do silicone implants rupture? There is always a possibility for the implants to rupture, but the leakage will be barely noticeable as the new types of implants are made out of a highly cohesive gel. It is recommended that you ask for all the information about the implants that you are going to wear. 16. Can I lose sensation in the breasts after breast implant surgery? Change in sensitivity is a common side effect of plastic surgery interventions. In most cases, it disappears within few weeks or months after the surgery. However, there are rare cases in which the loss of sensation is permanent. 17. Do the silicone breast implants feel natural to the touch? Usually, silicone implants are preferred because it has similar touch to natural breasts, but it depends on the type of the implant. The new implant models are safer than the ones we used before, and considered more consistent. Hence, your breasts may appear firm to the touch. Conclusion Doing your homework before plastic surgery is essential for the success of your procedure and for achieving satisfactory results after the intervention. Keep in mind that you should discuss with the surgeon to understand fully all your concerns before the surgery is scheduled.