How to Choose the Right Plastic Surgeon for Your Mommy Makeover
In March 2014, the New York Post published a story about a 28-year-old woman who wanted to get a mommy makeover. In order to save money, she ventured outside of the United States to the Dominican Republic, lured by their cheaper prices for plastic surgery. While in the Dominican Republic, complications arose during her tummy tuck and liposuction surgery. Her family was told that she had a massive pulmonary embolism during both procedures and she died.
The young woman’s family lodged a formal complaint with the authorities in the Dominican Republic. When they investigated the clinic where the young woman received her surgery, it was temporarily shut down due to bacteria being found and for also other sanitary violations. Because of stories like this one and because health officials found 19 cases of women who developed bacterial wound infections within 12 months after having surgeries in the Dominican Republic, the CDC in the United States has issued an alert for people who are traveling to the Dominican Republic for plastic surgery.
This story, while true, is not a common one. And if you are seeking a mommy makeover, I want you to avoid this kind of fate. Forearmed is forewarned as they say. So, the purpose of this article is meant to inform you, not to scare you. It is meant to demonstrate the importance of not only choosing the right plastic surgeon, but also the right clinic and location for your procedures. You only have one body, and it is up to you to treat it right and to protect it.
You could think of your research to find the right plastic surgeon as a project of sorts. It’s just like when you want to make a major purchase like a car. Most people do extensive research before doing so, and the reason why is because a car is a huge commitment and you don’t want to jump into something like that blindly. Since most people can’t make a purchase of that magnitude without financing, you want to make sure you’ll be happy with your purchase, even after you’ve spent all of those years paying for it. And the best way to do that is to research it. For me, I find that I’ve had the most success with all of my purchases for this very reason.
With your mommy makeover, it is a given that you want to have the best experience and outcome possible. In order to ensure the best and safest surgical procedure, just as with major purchases, you need to do as much research into potential physicians as you can. Remember that you can always return products you’ve purchased, but once you’ve had surgery, you can’t return an unwanted outcome.
Safety is of the utmost importance when it comes to any surgical procedure. Going into your impending surgery, you should have confidence in the entire surgical team you select. By surgical team, I mean everybody from your plastic surgeon to your anesthesiologist, to the location of your medical facility where the surgery will take place. Below are some points to consider.
- All plastic surgeons are NOT created equal. This one point is so important that I think that it needs to be repeated. All plastic surgeons are NOT created equal! The fact is, because plastic surgery is such a lucrative business, many doctors from other medical specialties are beginning to offer plastic surgery procedures after only taking a few weeks of classes. The truth is, it takes a plastic surgeon years of schooling to learn everything that they know just as it takes doctors from other medical specialties to learn what they do. If having plastic surgery something that you have decided to do, the above information is something that you really need to know.
- “Board eligible” is NOT the same as Board-Certified. Make sure that the plastic surgeon that you choose is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Before choosing a doctor, ask to be put in contact with several of the prospective plastic surgeon’s different past patients. You should also make a list of questions to ask those past patients and conduct a sort of “mini interview” with each one.
- You should have consultations with each plastic surgeon you’re considering. Gather the names of plastic surgeons from friends and family and from the Internet. Research each one of the surgeons you’ve found online. Trust your gut. If anything seems off, or there is anything you just don’t like about the person then cross them off your list.
Once you have a list of names that you’re comfortable with, you should make a list of every conceivable question you may want the answer to. Then you should contact each plastic surgeon’s office and set up a consultation with every one of them. At the consultation, make sure to get each and every one of your questions answered. You should feel completely at ease with the person you are asking to surgically alter your body. Again, trust your gut if anything seems off or if there’s anything that you don’t like don’t be afraid to walk away and find another plastic surgeon. Remember, you only have one body and you want to give it its best chance for success when undergoing surgery.
- Price should be one of your LAST considerations. Again I repeat, this is your body were talking about. I know that plastic surgery can be very expensive, but sometimes when you try to save money, you end up spending more. If a mommy makeover is really very important to you, you will do what is necessary to get the best results possible. Sometimes cheaper can cost you your life, or complications that you could’ve avoided. Many times, there’s a reason why a particular doctor is as expensive as he or she is. And once you do your research, and talk to past patients, you’ll find out why. The good news is, almost all plastic surgeons have a finance plan because they really do want your business.
- For the best of the best, check out the plastic surgeon’s schooling history. Find out where your prospective plastic surgeon attended college. Where did they go to medical school? Where did he or she do his or her residency? Below you can find the link to help you with school research. http://gradschools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-medical-schools/research-rankings
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