Choosing a Surgeon?
- Do your homework – Carefully research and understand which qualifications and certifications are relevant for the procedure you want.
- Make a list of providers and ask for referrals for friend, or trusted physician. – Alternatively use credible referral services who legitimately practice what you seek, such as the Australasian Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery.
- Personal preferences – Find a surgeon you feel comfortable with and who you can establish a trusting relationship, to share the emotional ups and downs that come with the elective surgery.
- Consider the staff – Dr Zacharia recommends looking for a surgeon with service-minded staff who have excellent listening skills. You need to know who else may be involved in your treatment and a surgeon and his staff should openly discuss concerns relating to consultation, surgery and aftercare.
- Surrounds – The surgeon must have hospital privileges at a local accredited hospital, such as Bondi Junction Private Hospital, in order to perform the specific surgical procedure you are considering. This applies for any treatment greater than a local (topical) anesthetic.
- Experience – make sure your surgeon has performed the procedure you are interested in many times and can provide before and after recent photographs of actual patients.
- Informed Consent – Once you have agreed to the partnership with your surgeon, follow every instruction you are given before, during and after your procedure. Your obligations will be spelt out in the informed consent documents.
- Be sure that you would trust your life and your beauty to the surgeon that you choose.
- Complications – Complications are a potential consequence of any surgical procedure. You should be able to discuss freely with your chosen surgeon the potential complications specific to your procedure. You must have confidence that your surgeon can treat your complications and not abandon you if these occur.