Use this checklist of questions during your consultation:

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  • Are you certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery?
  • Were you specifically trained in the field of plastic surgery?
  • How many years of plastic surgery training have you had?
  • Do you have hospital privileges to perform this procedure? If so, at which hospitals?
  • Is the surgical facility accredited by a nationally- or state-recognized accrediting agency, or is it state-licensed or Medicare-certified?
  • What percentage of your practice is cosmetic? (Over 50% is desirable, if you are considering a cosmetic procedure.)
  • How many of the operations that I am considering, do you perform on a monthly basis?
  • Am I a good candidate for this procedure?
  • What will be expected of me to get the best results?
  • Where and how will you perform my procedure?
  • What surgical technique is recommended for me?
  • How long of a recovery period can I expect, and what kind of help will I need during my recovery?
  • What complications have occurred most frequently in your practice regarding the procedures we are discussing? How often do they occur? (A doctor denying any complications should be a red flag.)?
  • Do you perform the entire surgery yourself? If not, what part is done by someone else?
  • Are there any non-surgical alternatives that I should consider?
  • How are complications handled and what is the financial policy?
  • How can I expect to look over time?
  • What are my options if I am dissatisfied with the cosmetic outcome?
  • Do you have before-and-after photos I can look at for this procedure and what results are reasonable for me?