Cosmetic Surgery: Questions to Consider

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By Laura Mitchell on January 27, 2017

Cosmetic surgeons performed nearly 16 million cosmetic procedures in 2015, including 1.7 million elective surgical procedures. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) reports that the five most common cosmetic surgical procedures are:

  • Breast augmentation
  • Liposuction
  • Nose reshaping, or rhinoplasty
  • Eyelid surgery
  • Tummy tuck

If you are considering these or any other cosmetic procedures, the ASPS recommends that you "do your homework" to maximize your chance of a safe and successful outcome. When you meet with a surgeon for a consultation, ask the following questions:
“Are you board-certified in plastic surgery by the American Board of Plastic Surgery?” 
According to Kurtis E. Moyer, M.D., chief of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Carilion Clinic, surgeons who are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery have at least six years of specialized training, including three years in plastic surgery.
“The right surgeon will take the time to explain their credentials, education, training, experience and background during a personal consultation with you,” said Dr. Moyer. “Open communication and education about each procedure are of the utmost importance.”

You also want to make sure your procedure will be done in a surgical suite that is accredited by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities.
“Am I a good candidate for this procedure?”
Your surgeon should be candid with you about the surgical and non-surgical options that make the most sense for you, considering your age, fitness level, underlying health conditions and goals.
“What results can I expect?”
Each individual is different and each procedure is different. Although your surgeon will share photographs or diagrams with you to give you a better understanding of your procedure, your results and recovery will depend on many factors specific to your case.
“Every patient is on a unique journey to achieve their desired results,” said Dr. Moyer. “The best thing a person can do who is considering cosmetic surgery is to schedule a personal consultation with a provider.”
Additional questions to ask a prospective surgeon can be found on