Got some changes that you want to make? Perhaps you want to fight the signs of aging, reverse some of the effects of motherhood, or simply enhance and accentuate your beauty? To that end, a cosmetic treatment provider can be a very useful partner. However, undergoing any cosmetic treatment is a big deal and a big investment. You want to make sure that you’re choosing the right provider for you. Here, we’re going to look at what you should be thinking about when looking through your options.
Know what it is that you want
Before you go making any choices of which surgeon you’re going to rely on, you should think about what treatments you want, first and foremost. Different doctors will bring with them different specialties, some might have more experience with things like breast augmentation, enhancement, or reduction, while others might specialize in things like facial treatment or liposuction. If you’re not certain what you want yet, take a look at some of the more common procedures available and see which align with your goals. You should then make sure that any surgeon you’re looking at provides those treatments. A consultation with them can help you better tailor your options to their needs, but you need an idea of what your needs are, first and foremost.
Take a look at their qualifications
Most cosmetic surgeons are going to have a page on their website that provides a little additional insight into who they are and what their history in the profession is. This should include the fact that they’re board-certified (don’t work with anyone who isn’t), where they were educated, as well as how much experience they have had before working in their own practice and how long they have been doing it. You should also be willing to ask questions when you’re in consultation with a surgeon if you get that far. You can ask them how they have trained for the procedure that you’re looking to get, in particular, as well as how many times they have performed it, and how often.
Their sense of taste is important too
Some surgeons would say that cosmetic treatments are part art as well as part medicine and that certainly has some weight to it. Different surgeons will have different aesthetic preferences when carrying out treatments. The best way to gauge that is to look at the before and after photos they provide for each treatment. A rhinoplasty from one surgeon is not going to look exactly the same as the same procedure from another. Of course, another way to do this is to ask for recommendations. If someone you know has had work done and you like how it looks, you can ask them which surgeon did it. You should always have realistic and flexible expectations, but real-world evidence can lend a little more credence to those expectations.
You feel comfortable with them
It might seem a little nebulous and yes, indeed, it’s a subjective feeling. However, feeling comfortable when you’re being treated by your chosen provider is crucial. If you feel “off” with them when you’re in their office for a consultation, then it can introduce unnecessary doubts. You should always go with your gut when it comes to matters that require quite as much investment and commitment as a cosmetic treatment. For instance, when it comes to treatments for more feminine parts of the body, some women might not feel as comfortable with a man, so they may wish to opt for a female plastic surgeon, instead. There are plenty of options, so don’t feel like you have to limit yourself, take your comfort as an important factor worth considering.
The staff is important, as well
Having a great cosmetic surgeon is the number one aim. However, the process of getting a treatment goes further than the time you spend with them by itself. You should pay attention to how the staff makes you feel and how they treat you, as well. Do you feel safe and comfortable with them? Do they make you feel welcome at the practice and help you through the process of seeking treatment? When you visit the practice, does it look like it is maintained and cleaned to professional standards? Things like customer service might not exactly seem like they matter as much as how the surgery goes, but it all adds up so don’t be afraid to be picky.
They help beyond the treatments
The one thing that you should look for above all else is the signs that your choice of cosmetic surgeon is competent and capable with the treatments they provide. However, beyond that, you can benefit from those who are able to offer advice and insights that can help you towards your beauty goals in other ways. Can they offer decent skincare advice? Do they inform you about aftercare and how to see the best results from your treatments in the long term? Or are they all too happy to say goodbye and get you out the door as soon as they can? The providers that offer a little more care and advice are the ones worth holding on to.
Consider the convenience factor
Of course, aside from how well they treat you and how good they are at what they do, you should also consider how convenient it would be to get a treatment from them. The location of their offices can play a key role in this. Can you reach them easily? Can you get home easily after the treatment? How about if you’re not able to transport yourself, as is the case with some surgeries? Can you get someone to take you there and back or is it too far out of the way?
You want to make sure that you’re confident and comfortable in the hands of the cosmetic surgeon that you choose. Some nerves are very common regardless of who you choose, but your choice should help you feel more at ease with your treatments, not less.