One of the biggest things that concerns plastic surgery patients is the risks involved with their procedure. Sometimes the concern is so great it even prevents prospective patients from considering plastic surgery in the first place. The reality is that there are risks involved in literally every aspect of the medical and plastic surgery fields, even taking something as simple as ibuprofen. Plastic surgery does have risks, but those risks can be greatly minimized by your surgeon and most importantly, yourself.
Pick a Quality Plastic Surgeon
This is one of the first and most important things you can do to keep your risk of complications low. There are more plastic surgeons to choose from than ever before, but not all are created equal. Just because a surgeon is board-certified doesn’t automatically mean they are qualified to perform your surgery. Some surgeons only focus on specific procedures in their practice. Others might have received initial training for certain procedures while in school but have never actually practiced them on a patient.
Choosing a quality plastic surgeon not only minimizes your risks, it also improves the odds of quality results. Take your time in researching and selecting a surgeon who is trained and experienced in the procedure you want and look into how former patients felt about their experience to help you make your choice.
Make the Most of Your Consultation
Once you pick a surgeon, schedule a consultation with them. This gives you the opportunity to meet your surgeon face-to-face, ask questions, and get the 411 on your procedure. It also gives the surgeon the chance to study you in person, which makes it easier for them to determine the best way to help you reach your plastic surgery goals.
Remember, too, that you can contact your surgeon with follow-up questions or concerns after your consultation. Open communication is absolutely essential to a quality experience. Your initial meeting isn’t going to be the only one, either. There will be opportunities for you to meet with your surgeon at least once more before the surgery takes place.
Try to Be as Healthy as You Can Before and After Surgery
This is also critically important because a healthy body is much better equipped to deal with surgery and the post-op recovery. The healthier your body is, the better chance you have of minimizing the risk of complications. When you have your consultation, your surgeon will give you some guidelines about healthy lifestyle practices and habits that will get you and your body in top form for the procedure. There will also be a set of guidelines for your recovery to keep you healthy while your body heals. Make sure you understand these guidelines and ask questions if you don’t, then try to follow them to the letter. The guidelines are the results of decades of medical training and experience, so you know that they are being given to you for a reason.
Surgery from Dr. Bustillo
Dr. Andres Bustillo is a facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon in south Florida who specializes in a number of different procedures, both surgical and non-surgical, for the face, head, and neck. Dr. Bustillo is board-certified, fellowship-trained, and has spent his career creating beautiful results for his patients while keeping them safe and healthy.
To learn more about Dr. Bustillo’s procedures or to schedule a patient consultation, call his practice at (305) 663-3380.