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Ten Important Questions To Ask When Preparing For Plastic Surgery

By: Dr. Christopher Khorsandi


There are few decisions as monumental as the choice to undergo major cosmetic surgery. From transforming your physique to finally feeling comfortable and confident in your own skin, the long-term effects of plastic surgery can be profound. As you prepare to select your specific procedures and your plastic surgeon, it is critical to do your research and ask the right questions. The exceptional team at VIP Plastic Surgery in Las Vegas, NV, led by award-winning board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Christopher Khorsandi, understands the magnitude of choosing to have cosmetic surgery and is committed to providing you with all of the tools, information, and knowledge necessary to make a confident decision about your procedure.

Prepare for your Las Vegas, NV plastic surgery consultation

Before selecting your desired procedure(s), surgical facility, plastic surgeon, and other details, it is essential that you have all of the necessary information in order to make an informed and confident decision. In addition to reading previous patient reviews and browsing a surgeon’s before-and-after galleries, arm yourself with these ten important questions to ask during your cosmetic surgery consultation:

1. Is the surgeon board certified?

Arguably, one of the most valuable steps a patient can take to ensure a safe and successful procedure with gorgeous results is to choose a highly experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon. Surgeons who are board certified are held to a higher standard of practice and must undergo regular re-certifications, training, education, and more. In most cases, board-certified surgeons are more experienced and well-versed in even the most complex of cases.

2. What is the surgeon’s experience?

Be sure to ask about the surgeon’s previous experience in your desired procedure, including how many cases he or she has performed and which techniques were used. Reading patient testimonials and looking at before-and-after photos of patients of a similar age and body type are also extremely helpful in understanding the surgeon’s style and what results may be possible for you.

3. How does plastic surgery work?

As part of your consultation, Dr. Khorsandi will explain how your desired procedure works in great detail, including what to expect before, during, and after surgery. Furthermore, Dr. Khorsandi will discuss the various options in terms of surgical approach, incision placement, and other factors. Don’t hesitate to ask as many questions as needed to ensure you know what to expect and how your procedure will work.

4. Is plastic surgery safe?

Another important thing to discuss during your consultation is what the risks are for your particular procedure. These may include anesthesia-related risks, implant complications, and others. Dr. Khorsandi is committed to using the safest, most advanced FDA-approved treatments, tools, and techniques available to minimize the risk of possible complications at all times, but it is important to be aware of potential issues that could arise. Generally speaking, cosmetic surgery - when performed properly by a highly experienced board-certified plastic surgeon - is extremely safe.

5. How long is the recovery after plastic surgery?

Recovery time is another crucial topic to discuss when preparing for cosmetic surgery. You will need to have a firm understanding of what to expect during your postoperative period, including how long you’ll need to be off of work, how much help you’ll need, and what physical restrictions you may have. These can vary depending on which particular procedure is performed.

6. Which procedure(s) do I need?

Many patients have an idea in mind of which procedure they think they need but ultimately find out that another option may be more appropriate. For example, some women attend their initial consultation intending to discuss breast lift, but Dr. Khorsandi may determine upon examination that a breast augmentation can actually help the patient achieve her ultimate goals without the need for a lift at all.

7. Is there a nonsurgical alternative?

While surgery is nearly always the best option for dramatic improvements and long-lasting results, it is certainly worth knowing what nonsurgical alternatives, if any, may be available. For instance, a patient with only mild signs of facial aging may ultimately choose to utilize injectable fillers and wrinkle relaxers to enhance their look without the cost and downtime associated with surgery and then go on to a more extensive surgical procedure, like facelift, in the future.

8. How long will my cosmetic surgery results last?

Knowing what results to expect and how long they may last is undoubtedly a vital part of the decision-making process. Be sure to ask your surgeon not only how long you should be able to enjoy your results, but also find out what you can do to maintain and prolong the results over an even longer period of time.

9. Will insurance cover my plastic surgery?

Although strictly cosmetic procedures are not covered by insurance, there are some cases when a procedure may be deemed medically necessary, resulting in partial or full insurance coverage. Breast reduction and rhinoplasty are two procedures that are often eligible for some amount of insurance coverage, though not always. The knowledgeable team at VIP Plastic Surgery will help you better understand if you may qualify for coverage and guide you through the process of submitting the necessary documentation to your insurance company.

10. Am I a good candidate for plastic surgery?

Above all else, patients considering plastic surgery should be appropriate candidates for their intended procedure(s). The qualifications for cosmetic surgery can vary somewhat depending on which procedure is being performed, but in general, men and women considering plastic surgery should be:

  • Healthy
  • Nonsmoker
  • At a healthy, stable weight
  • Not pregnant or planning to become pregnant
  • Have realistic expectations for their results
  • Have appropriate motivations for seeking cosmetic surgery
  • Understand the risks, necessary downtime, and financial obligations

Choose the best plastic surgeon in Las Vegas, and find out if cosmetic surgery is right for you

If you are ready to take the first step in transforming your life and achieving or restoring the body of your dreams, we invite you to call the welcoming team at VIP Plastic Surgery. Call us today to schedule your private in-office or online consultation with internationally renowned board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Christopher Khorsandi, and get the answers to all of your burning questions about the life-changing benefits of plastic surgery in Las Vegas!

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.