More women and men are turning to the help of cosmetic surgery to improve a part of their body or fight the signs of aging. With advancements in medicine and technology, the cosmetic world is ever-evolving, offering more precise methods, quicker recoveries, and more advanced surgical techniques to patients. But the one factor that remains the same is making sure you choose the right plastic surgeon for your cosmetic surgery. The partnership with your plastic surgeon is an important one, and success is achieved when the patient's goals and expectations are clearly expressed.
Dr. Christopher Khorsandi is the Chief Plastic Surgeon at VIP Plastic Surgery in Las Vegas, NV. He has extensive experience and a wide range of skills for both surgical and nonsurgical cosmetic procedures at his state-of-the-art surgery center. Read below as he provides a guide detailing some general questions to ask during your consultation so you can get the information you need.
Are you certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery?
The American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) is a government agency that works to ensure the health and safety of individuals who have decided to undergo cosmetic surgery. Surgeons who are qualified and registered are members of this organization, which verifies their medical degrees, years of schooling, and training. The ABPS is one of 24 medical specialty boards that make up the American Board of Medical Specialties. You are considering surgery, so it is in your best interests to make sure your plastic surgeon is on this accredited list. Dr. Christopher Khorsandi is board-certified by the ABPS, and he is a plastic surgeon with expert knowledge and the right qualifications to perform your cosmetic surgery.
How many years of experience do you have with this procedure?
If you are considering a nose job or rhinoplasty, for example, you probably don’t want a plastic surgeon who mainly performs breast augmentations and a small number of rhinoplasties each year. Most experienced, board-certified plastic surgeons are well-versed in all areas of plastic surgery and will give patients the best results regardless of the procedure. Still, it is probably best to find a surgeon who has extensive experience in the procedure you have chosen. Decide what you want to have done, then focus your search on cosmetic plastic surgeons within that specialty.
What type of anesthesia will I receive, and who will administer it?
There are different types of anesthesia used during cosmetic surgeries, and they vary according to the procedure and the individual patient's needs. Almost all cosmetic surgeries require some form of anesthesia. Local and general anesthesia are both safe when administered by a qualified provider. Local anesthesia features a shorter initial recovery period, but general anesthesia is favored for more complex surgeries or multiple procedures performed at the same time. Regardless of which type is recommended, ask about who will be administering the anesthesia. You will want to ensure that this person is a board-certified M.D. or D.O. anesthesiologist or certified registered nurse anesthetist. This qualified professional will be monitoring you throughout your surgery, so your plastic surgeon can focus on achieving your desired outcome.
What can I expect from the recovery process?
This critical question can give you a better understanding of the details surrounding the recovery process and whether this is the right time to have this cosmetic procedure. During your consultation, you will want to discuss in detail how much time you will need to take off from normal activities, work, and your exercise routine. Understanding that you will be somewhat "out of commission" for a bit may be a determining factor as to when you schedule your procedure. A more in-depth discussion regarding any restrictions on lifting heavy objects or physical limitations could also be a deciding factor for when to schedule treatment, or even if you should seek an alternative treatment that could provide similar results with less downtime.
Is your office or surgical facility accredited?
A plastic surgeon's office or surgical facility should be accredited and state-regulated. This ensures a patient's safety and that their surgeon has high standards for their practice, with regular inspections being up to date. A board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Christopher Khorsandi will have affiliations and access to accredited facilities such as nearby hospitals in the Las Vegas area in case of emergencies. Although it’s a rare occurrence, plastic surgeons should have access to medical facilities in the area should any complications arise.
Schedule your consultation with Dr. Khorsandi today
Are you looking for the right cosmetic plastic surgeon in the Las Vegas area? Do your homework, ask around for recommendations, and most importantly, meet Dr. Christopher Khorsandi for a consultation. You need to feel comfortable about your cosmetic procedure and feel comfortable with the surgeon who is performing it. A qualified, board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Khorsandi should be a top priority when choosing a cosmetic surgeon in Las Vegas, NV. If you are considering cosmetic surgery, call and schedule your consultation today with Dr. Khorsandi at VIP Plastic Surgery and let him help you get all the right information about your surgery and your new look.