What to con­sider be­fore go­ing un­der the knife

Friday - - The Big Story -

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”.

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