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Key Questions to Ask Your Plastic Surgeon

Key Questions to Ask Your Plastic Surgeon

  • Are you board certified and if so, by what board?
  • How many facelifts have you done and for how many years have you done them?

  • Do you have hospital privileges to perform facelifts?

  • If so, at which hospitals?

  • What percentage of your practice is devoted to facelifts and facial plastic surgery?

  • Where do most of your patients come from?

  • Am I a good candidate for a facelift?

  • Are there other alternatives: non-surgical techniques, less invasive, or more limited procedures that could fulfill (or perhaps partially, but adequately, fulfill) my desired outcome?

  • Where will my incisions be?

  • What is a realistic outcome of a facelift for me?

  • Can I see before and after photos of facelifts that you have performed?

  • Can I talk to previous patients about the surgeries that they had done?

  • Where will the procedure be performed?

  • Who will administer and monitor the anesthesia: a board certified M.D. anesthesiologist, a nurse or the operating surgeon?

  • What procedures are in place to deal with an emergency?

  • How long will my surgery take?

  • Will I see you during my post-operative visits and how often?

  • What lab tests and health clearances are required before I have this surgery?

  • What are possible complications after a facelift?

  • How often do these complications occur?

  • Are you easy to reach after surgery if I have questions or concerns?

  • How much pain/discomfort/bruising/swelling can I expect post-op?

  • How long of a recovery period can I expect from a facelift?

  • What kind of help will I need during my recovery?

  • Can you assist in arranging for any post-op caregiver that I may need?

  • When can I resume exercise and physical activity?

  • What do you recommend for me pre-operatively to prepare for the procedure?

  • What will be expected of me to get the best cosmetic results?

  • Are you board certified and if so, by what board?
  • How rhinoplasties have you done and for how many years have you done them?

  • What percentage of your practice is devoted to rhinoplasty?

  •  How long do you spend performing a rhinoplasty like mine?

  • What is your percentage of happy patients?

  • What is your revision rate on your own patients?

  • What is your policy on revisions?

  • What do you recommend for me pre-operatively to prepare for the procedure?

  • What are potential complications and risks in a nose like mine?

  • What type of rhinoplasty technique will you use for me?

  • What type of anesthesia do you use and why?

  • Who will administer and monitor the anesthesia: a board certified M.D. anesthesiologist, a nurse or the operating surgeon?

  • Where will the procedure be performed: office-based surgical facility, free standing ambulatory surgical facility, or hospital?

  • What is your protocol in the case of unexpected surgical complications?

  • What percentage of your practice is open versus closed rhinoplasty? Can you use both techniques?

  • Can I see before and after cases of noses similar to mine?

  • Do you feel that you can create the type of nose that I have talked with you about?

  • Do you reconstruct the nose with autologous cartilage and tissue?

  • How much pain/discomfort/bruising/swelling can I expect post-op?

  • What kind of help will I need during my recovery?

  • Can you assist in arranging for any post-op caregiver that I may need?

  • What will be expected of me to get the best cosmetic results?

  • When can I resume exercise and physical activity?

  • Will I see you during my post-operative visits and how often?

  • What lab tests and health clearances are required before I have this surgery?

  • Are you easy to reach after surgery if I have questions or concerns?

  • When should I expect to see the final result of the procedure?

  • How many years of formal plastic surgery training have you had?
  • Are you board certified and if so, by what board?

  • Do you have hospital privileges to perform breast augmentation?

  • If so, at which hospitals?

  • Where will the procedure be performed: office-based surgical facility, free standing ambulatory surgical facility, or hospital?

  • Who will administer and monitor the anesthesia: a board certified M.D. anesthesiologist, a nurse or the operating surgeon?

  • Am I a good candidate for breast implants?

  • What will be expected of me to get the best cosmetic results?

  • How will it take to perform the breast implant surgery?

  • How long of a recovery period can I expect from breast surgery?

  • Are breast implants safe?

  • What are the risks and complications associated with having breast implants?

  • Will this be a procedure that will last a lifetime?

  • How will my breasts look if I choose to have the implants removed in the future without replacement?

  • What shape, size, and surface texturing implant would you suggest?

  • Where will my incision be?

  • What is the recommended implant position site for my anatomy?

  • How will my ability to breastfeed be affected?

  • How can I expect my breasts to look over time?

  • How can I expect my breasts to look if I get pregnant?

  • How will my breasts look if I breast feed?

  • What alternate procedures or products are available if I choose not to have breast implants?

  • Can I see before-and-after photos of similar procedures?

  • What do you recommend for me pre-operatively to prepare for the procedure?

  •   What kind of help will I need during my recovery?

  • Can you assist in arranging for any post-op caregiver that I may need?

  • When can I resume exercise and physical activity?

  • Will I see you during my post-operative visits and how often?

  • What will be expected of me to get the best cosmetic results?

  • Are you board certified and if so, by what board?
  • How many years of formal plastic surgery training have you had?

  • How liposuction procedures have you done and for how many years have you done them?

  • Do you have hospital privileges to perform liposuction?

  • If so, at which hospitals?

  • What is the difference between the various lipo procedures?

  • Is there an advantage of  Laserlipo, Smartlipo, ultrasonic lipo, water jet lipo?

  • Is liposuction a weight reduction treatment?

  • Who is a good candidate for liposuction?

  • What type of anesthesia do you use and why?

  • Where will the procedure be performed: office-based surgical facility, free standing ambulatory surgical facility, or hospital?

  • Who will administer and monitor the anesthesia: a board certified M.D. anesthesiologist, a nurse or the operating surgeon?

  • What are the risks and complications associated with my procedure?

  • When can I get back to my normal routine?

  • How long do I need to be off of work?

  • When can I resume exercising and physical activity?

  • Will the fat return to the area that was treated?

  • What areas of the body can be treated with liposuction?

  •  Can I do multiple areas at the same time?

  •  Do you have before-and-after photos I can look at for this procedure and what results are reasonable for me?

  • Will I be wearing any special garments after the surgery?

  • When should I expect to see the final result of the procedure?

  • What kind of help will I need during my recovery?

  • Can you assist in arranging for any post-op caregiver that I may need?

  • What do you recommend for me pre-operatively to prepare for the procedure?

  • Will I see you during my post-operative visits and how often?

  • What will be expected of me to get the best cosmetic results?

  • What happens if I gain weight?

Why Choose Dr. Singer?

Dr. Singer has the respect of his peers and patients across San Diego and the surrounding Southern California area. He has helped thousands of San Diego residents with an eye for balance and beauty and the skills of an artist. Dr. Singer has been engaged in private practice in the La Jolla area of San Diego since 1976 and is now an internationally recognized plastic surgeon. You are in the best of hands with Board Certified Plastic Surgeon (American Board of Plastic Surgery) Dr. Singer.

Please learn more about Dr. Singer’s affiliations, memberships, awards, honors, and accomplishments. The full list and Dr. Singer’s curriculum vitae are available upon request.

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