Plastic surgery safety is one of the most important factors you need to ensure before heading into surgery, or even deciding that you want (need) one.
Ensuring safety of plastic surgery is as important, if not even more so, as the procedure you want and the final result. Patient safety in when determining overall plastic surgery safety has basically become a separate field of study – safety of plastic surgery is not that much different than safety elsewhere.
Being that oftentimes patients don’t know that their operations are safe, and what makes a safe procedure, we wanted to pinpoint several important factors that will secure your safety and ensure your trust over the course of the procedure.
Fully accredited facility is where it happens
Whatever procedure you decide for, check if your plastic surgery will take place in an accredited ambulatory facility – these are subject to internal and external inspections by qualified agencies. This means that this facility operates in a way that is in line with credentials these agencies audit regularly.
Aside from that, this type of facility needs to have an emergency equipment and staff trained to respond in such situations. A board certified surgeon is required to operate in a facility of this kind, which is why their presence is basically implied.
Hospital privileges as a staple to plastic surgery safety
Aside from making sure that your surgical procedure will take place in an accredited ambulatory facility, you also need to check if your surgeon of choice has so called “hospital privileges”. These refer to a surgeons’ right to use the equipment and facilities provided by a given hospital.
These privileges also indicate that your surgeon has been vetted by their peers as well as by the hospital committee.
Anesthesia outlines plastic surgery safety
In order to be completely certain of plastic surgery safety, you need to make sure that your anesthesiologist is an accomplished and qualified physician when it comes to practising anesthesia.
They need to achieve the highest level of training and experience in this medical specialty, in order to perform and participate in plastic surgery procedures. This is a carefully selected and assigned role by none other than the plastic surgeon.
This is a post that needs to be most carefully administered, as anesthesia is pivotal in ensuring pain-free and relaxing procedure. The staff participating in the procedure must deliver the same quality of care as delivered by the chief surgeon.
Your board certified surgeon qualities
Your prospective surgeon simply needs to be certified by an appropriate specialty group, which will help you narrow your search and find the one in the medical practice you are contemplating.
The ABPS (American Board of Plastic Surgery) is your best bet, as they are quite rigorous in terms of qualification and examination process, making sure that your surgeon is an expert in their respective field.
When it comes to plastic surgery safety, references do matter
If you’re unsure where to start, ask for recommendations – reach out to your personal physician, your friends or other people you know in healthcare. Don’t skip the ones you know have had plastic surgery, and ask them about their experience and impressions.
Go online and find the best places reviewed, but be careful as online reviews don’t have to be as authentic as they might first appear. You can clear the air by paying attention to reviews that are partially good and partially bad – these are more realistic and more truthful, unlike some with zero negative reviews.
…as well as your surgeon’s specific experience
Aside from researching the references of your surgeon of interest, you also need to make sure they have the expertise, experience and knowledge they claim to have.
A qualified surgeon will be more than eager to tell you all about their journey – regarding their education and their experience working as a plastic surgeon. On the contrary, if they act skimmish and don’t really want to elaborate, than that should act as a red flag.
Another indicator concerns your procedure – the procedure you want should be performed by your your surgeon at least once a week, and should be among the top three procedures they perform.
Clarify everything that bothers you – benefits, risks as well as complications
When it comes to plastic surgery safety, yes, it is your surgeon who has to ensure it for you, but they should not ever lie to you or try to conceal anything in the process.
As any surgery, plastic surgery too is prone to complications – each patient has a unique medical history, and therefore, can experience different complications or risks during the procedure.
Your surgeon is suppose to inform and educate you about any potential complications you might experience and do everything in their power to prevent them from happening, by taking the right steps.
Smooth communication is pivotal to plastic surgery safety
Soft skills are never the ones to be taken for granted. Yes, your surgeon needs to be medically trained and has to have a proven experience record, but they also need to be excellent in communication.
You have to feel comfortable when sharing your thoughts and asking the question that bother you the most regarding the procedure, and therefore you need to have someone who will understand you and who is willing to communicate openly.
Dr. Ress at liv Plastic is a kind of surgeon who will always make sure you are well informed about your procedure and your post-operative care – from the moment you schedule your first consultation, to your final post-operative visit.
Deciding to undergo plastic or cosmetic surgery that has an ultimate goal to alter your appearance, is a kind of decision that is never to be taken lightly. In order to be an educated patient you need to determine what you want, do your homework, and most importantly – seek expert consultation with a plastic surgeon who is an expert in a your desired field, has a vast experience, and is eager to show you proof of their exceptional results.