Bad Plastic Surgery: How to Avoid It, How to Fix It
The best way to avoid a plastic surgery disaster is to do your homework. Before you consider laying out large sums of money and going unde the knife, follow this short checklist and advice from Board Certified Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon Dr. Steven Williams.
1. Make sure your plastic surgeon is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery
2. Make sure your plastic surgeon has reviewed your proposed procedure in detail with you personally. Make sure you fully discuss possible complications in detail — and know what will happen if things don’t go exactly as planned.
3. Make sure your plastic surgeon has done the procedure/procedures you’re interested in many times over an extended period. Ask to speak to patients who have had the procedure(s) you’re considering.
4. See more than one doctor and get multiple opinions.
5. Make sure you are comfortable with your surgeon. Personality conflicts can lead to other problems.
If its too late and you have a problem— first, take a deep breath.
If there is something seriously wrong, immediately go to an emergency room or call your doctor. If it is something less urgent, schedule an appointment with your plastic surgeon. Explain your concerns and have him or her answer each and everyone of your questions. Many times, early in theprocess, swelling, bruising or healing may mask your final result.
If your doctor tells you that things are fine, make sure he or she explains when you will begin to see your desired results. If you feel you’re not getting the answers you need from your doctor, find another surgeon to provide an second opinion.
Be aware, however, that not all second opinions are unbiased. Beware of surgeons quick to try to earn your business by degrading your previous doctor. If you decide that you need additional surgery, you need to repeat the above checklist.
About Dr. Steven Williams
Dr.Williams is a board certified Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Plastic Surgery and has dedicated his career to reconstructive and aesthetic plastic surgery.