Plastic Surgery: Factors to Consider
Over the years, plastic surgery has gotten some flak because of the way some people abuse it for purely cosmetic reasons.
However, plastic surgery, when done with great care and preparation, is a life-changing decision that can give patients a higher self-esteem and level of self-confidence. Subsequently, this can lead to happier and more productive lives. Plastic surgery can also be used to get a new lease in life, especially for those who are getting a procedure done to “fix’ injuries or scars caused by a traumatic incident.
According to plastic surgeon Nerina Wilkinson, plastic surgery is particularly beneficial for the following people:
- Those with physical deformities that negatively affect confidence;
- Those who were involved in tragic accidents and suffered from injuries that changed their physical appearance; and
- Those who require physical alteration to help with performance of daily tasks.
Of course, plastic surgery is also for people who wish to improve certain parts of their body for aesthetic reasons.
Before deciding to get cosmetic surgery done, it is important to ask key questions that will help lead to an informed decision.
- What is your main reason for getting plastic surgery?
- Why do you want to change that particular part of your body?
- What do you expect after the surgery?
- Does your surgeon support your decision to get plastic surgery?
The success of your surgery depends on the skill and experience of your chosen plastic surgeon so it is vital that you select a surgeon with a proven track record of successful surgeries and who can support you emotionally and psychologically.
For maximum protection, the American Board of Plastic Surgery recommends the following questions to ask your potential plastic surgeon:
- Are you certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery?
- Are you a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons?
- Were you trained specifically in the field of plastic surgery?
- How many years of plastic surgery training have you had?
- Do you have hospital privileges to perform this procedure? If so, at which hospitals?
- Is the office-based surgical facility accredited by a nationally- or state-recognized accrediting agency, or is it state-licensed or Medicare-certified?
- How many procedures of this type have you performed?
- Am I a good candidate for this procedure?
- Where and how will you perform my procedure?
- How long of a recovery period can I expect, and what kind of help will I need during my recovery?
- What are the risks and complications associated with my procedure?
- How are complications handled?
- What are my options if I am dissatisfied with the outcome of my surgery?
- Do you have before-and-after photos I can look at for each procedure and what results are reasonable for me?
Financing for Plastic Surgery
Another major factor to consider when getting plastic surgery is the cost.
Plastic surgery is a multi-billion dollar business in the US and the costs get higher every year. In 2011, rhinoplasty (nose reshaping) was pegged at more than $4,000, not including fees for the surgical facility, anesthesia, medical tests, prescriptions, and other miscellaneous costs related to surgery.
To make plastic surgery more accessible, companies like United Medical Credit (UMC) help prospective patients get the medical attention they need through a plastic surgery loans.
While it is not a direct money lender, UMC and its network of partners share a combined 10 years of experience and a track record of service reliability in helping finance plastic surgery, bariatric surgery, fertility procedures, dental surgery, Lasik and eye surgery, hearing aids and devices, and other general healthcare requirements.
As an intermediary between patients and medical specialists and finance organizations, UMC sets itself apart from other medical loan providers by focusing specifically on patients with average and below average credit scores.