What to consider before going under the knife
Vasilica Baltateanu, managing director, Vasilica Aesthetics, Dubai, says:
1 Don’t choose a specialist based on what friends or non-specialised advisors say. Your friend may recommend a doctor based on a different type of surgery she had. It’s important to consult a specialist and talk to him about your needs and overall health, for example, the medical conditions you suffer from.
2 Always do a background check and look at the credentials of the doctor. He or she should be board-certified, and have experience in the procedure you want.
3 Ask as many questions as possible and try to understand the procedure before proceeding. You should research post-surgery care too. A lot of infections may occur after surgery, and you need to know whether you will have access to the doctor afterwards. Also ask the doctor who you should contact post surgery in case of an emergency. It is important to research the hospital where the surgery would take place to ensure they have good facilities and equipment.
4 Above all read the consent form carefully. About 80 per cent of the people I’ve met don’t go through the consent form carefully. It contains information about complications that can occur and you should be aware of them to make an informed decision. US-based knife coach Wendy Lewis (www.wlbeauty.com/ home), who has worked in aesthetic medicine and beauty for more than two decades, also encourages her clients to see several practitioners before making a decision. For those considering surgery, two should be considered mandatory; three or more is typical today. It is important to get specialised service, she says, because “the best doctor or procedure for your friend is not necessarily the best one for you”.