Know your Doctor
Choose an experienced and highly regarded medical practitioner to carry out the procedure, then do a comprehensive research on him/her. Look into the years of practice in the field, credentials and area of specialization to see if this doctor is the best one for you.
Meet your Doctor in Person
Before your scheduled treatment, it is essential for you to meet the doctor who will perform the procedure. You may be surprised to know that some practices do not require the patient to meet the doctor who will do the procedure beforehand. In case you are told that it would not be possible to meet the doctor in person before the treatment, you should not proceed, but instead go somewhere else. A practitioner of good reputation will require a meeting with the patient in advance. This way, you will feel at ease with your doctor and trust him/her.
Do a Research on the Procedure
There is a lot of information online, so it is easy to learn about the different cosmetic procedures. You can watch videos covering such procedures, read stories of patients who have gone through them, and join conversations on reputable forums. This information will guide you into making an informed decision on the procedure that is best for you. Remember that, though the Internet is filled with information, there are conflicting ones as well, so it is crucial to verify this first with your practitioner.
Be Aware of the Risks
All cosmetic procedures come with potential risks, even if some are non-invasive. So, during the consultation stage, your doctor should be honest and open to you with regard to the possible rinks/dangers involved. Feel free to ask all the questions you can, especially if you have any concerns or there is something you don’t understand. Do not trust any practitioner who says that there are no dangers involved in undergoing the procedure.
Do not be won over by ads or price
We may get swayed by discounts offered in a supermarket, but this should not be the case when it comes to choosing a cosmetic procedure or doctor. Cheaper is not necessarily better. Instead of the price, focus on the credibility of the practitioner and quality of the procedure. Do not let a financial offer or smart marketing campaign persuade you into going through a cosmetic procedure. Make informed decisions.
Request to see your doctor’s work.
Request some photos of your doctor’s work. Seeing some kind of proof of the results accomplished by a cosmetic procedure can help you know what to expect and give an idea of the doctor’s capabilities, plus how the procedure is put into practice. However, you have to make sure that these photos are not just common pictures of the manufacturer, but the actual work of the practitioner himself/herself.
Know more about the process of recovery.
It is very important to get information about the recovery process so you can be prepared. A lot of patients do not think about what happens after the treatment. Is this a walk-in procedure? Will you need help in leaving the clinic? Can you travel by car going home? Will you experience pain? Do you need to get a leave of absence from work? What should you do for post-operative care? What is your schedule of post-operative visits? These are the factors you need to keep in mind, and they should be discussed in detail by your doctor beforehand.