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Dr. Pataki’s Advices: How To Choose Your Plastic Surgeon?

Articles 29 June 2015

There is an excellent plastic surgery training in Hungary, so you can find plenty of good professionals.

The most important thing is to find a plastic surgeon you trust, and who will provide competent information from the beginning.

This is essential, because you have to feel that you are in good hands. The result of the surgery depends
largely on experience and knowledge. Websites of plastic surgical associations are good sources to find contacts of reliable doctors.

You should ask your friends and acquaintances – perhaps someone has gained positive experience in this area, and they can recommend a plastic surgeon.

To find out whether a plastic surgeon is the right choice for your desired procedure, you may ask them a lot of questions.

Here is a list of questions you may ask during the first consultation:

  • How long have you been practicing as an aesthetic plastic surgeon?
  • How often have you performed the planned surgery within the last 12 months? Can I see your gallery of before-and-after photos?
  • May I talk to patients of yours who have had this type of surgery?
  • What are the complications and what are your complication rates with this type of surgery?
  • What examinations will you carry out to determine whether I can have the intervention?
    (A thorough preliminary examination should include questions about existing allergies, chronic diseases, intake of anticoagulants, the tendency for increased scarring, etc.)
  • What type of anesthesia will you use? Will I tolerate the anesthesia well? What can be the side-effects and the consequences?
  • What is the total cost of the intervention? Is the follow-up included?
  • May I have a look at the operating room and the recovery room?
  • How many days will I have to take off from work? How long will it take until my full recovery?
  • What kind of follow-up is required? How often should I come for follow-up exams?
  • Do I have to expect any restrictions after the surgery? (For example, regarding sports.)

In the case of breast augmentation:

  • What size and shape would you choose? Why?
  • How will you proceed? Which method will you choose? (From under the breasts, nipple, armpit etc.) Why?
  • What kind of texture will my implants have? Why?
  • Which brand do you use? Why?
  • What are your expectations: how the implants will look and function after the surgery?
  • How long will I have the implants?

A good doctor will:

  • Conduct a detailed consultation with you with a thorough examination.
  • Show you pictures of his previous patients.
  • NOT make unrealistic promises about the expected result.
  • NOT push you to make a quick decision.

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