There are many people who tend to believe that undergoing plastic surgery is nothing more than a simple walk in the park. They think you can just go to a plastic surgeon in the morning, request a larger pair of breasts, and by evening you can go home with an improved bust. Unfortunately, this is very far from the truth. Plastic surgery is never as easy as how reality shows present it. There are also patients who tend to believe that there is no need to get ready for plastic surgery, that they just need to make a decision to undergo surgery and that would be it. But when they step into the plastic surgeon’s office and start talking about the details and the operative plan, this can be eye opening. If the patient is on a medical treatment at the time of the consultation, plans will need to be made as the treatment will probably need to be stopped for quite some time prior to the surgery. Here is a list of questions to ask your plastic surgeon that you need to ask before setting up the date for the surgery: In your opinion, do I need this intervention at this time? What treatment option do you recommend for my particular needs? Am I the ideal candidate for the procedure I am interested in? Do you perform this type of procedure on a regular basis? What are some of the complications that patients experience after this type of surgery and do they occur often? What should I expect in terms of recovery period? Are the results visible immediately? It is not possible and you should never decide you are prepared to undergo any type of plastic surgery intervention before finding the answers to the questions on the list. Aside from being emotionally ready to undergo the procedure, there are also medical tests and analysis that you need to pass before being deemed as eligible. The plastic surgeon has to be fully aware of your medical history so he can be prepared. When coming to meet the plastic surgeon for the first time, make sure to bring your medical transcripts and all other important information regarding your medical history. It is essential not to keep anything from the plastic surgeon as any little detail can have an impact on your safety during the procedure or on the outcome of the intervention. A patient who is indeed prepared to undergo surgery is aware of the fact that there will be pre-operative recommendations and also protocols that need to be followed to the letter. Among these include not taking aspirin or smoking for at least 14 days before the intervention. Failing to do so can trigger severe complications both during the procedure and the healing period. There are patients who admitted that they found these requirements useless and not important. Some of them also mentioned that it was not possible for them not to eat or drink during the eight hours before the intervention. There are cases when procedures need to be rescheduled because of this simple negligence. Setting the date There are patients who want to have their intervention over the weekend. Unfortunately, it takes more than just a day or two to recover from plastic surgery. Not being prepared to commit to taking time off work for the recovery period means just one thing: you are not prepared for plastic surgery. You need to be aware of the fact that your body will require some time to heal before functioning at normal parameters. Some patients need a few days after the intervention to resume their normal chores. This means that if you have children in your care or are the sole caretaker of the family, you might need to make some arrangements to get some help around the house for a few days after the surgery. This is why it is highly advised that the patient look carefully into all the aspects of the preparations before and after the intervention when setting up the date of the surgery. Are you prepared to face potential complications? The question might not sound too delicate, but it is important for all patients to understand that there might be complications after the procedure is performed. The patient should never underestimate a plastic surgery procedure because complications can happen even after the safest or simplest interventions. Keep in mind that all plastic surgery procedures have a certain level of risk associated with them. Plastic surgery is not mathematics. Of course, an experienced plastic surgeon will have standard operating protocols, but each patient responds differently to the surgical plan. This is one of the reasons why the technique is chosen after taking into consideration the particularities of each patient. Not all complications can be prevented, even when choosing to work with an experienced plastic surgeon that is also board-certified. Conclusion Being prepared for the plastic surgery you want to undergo is not something to decide before meeting the plastic surgeon. Even if you have researched the topic online and discussed it with your loved ones, there are still aspects that only your plastic surgeon can clarify for you. It is essential to find out all the important details about the operative plan and allow your surgeon to assess if you are an eligible candidate for the procedure before scheduling your intervention. Important aspects that you need to consider are being able to take time off from work during the recovery period, being able to accept that there will be permanent scarring after the surgery, and that complications can always occur.