Maybe there is something that you do not like about your face or body and you are contemplating cosmetic surgery as an option. Before you do that, try to determine the 4W’s and H of cosmetic surgery.
Who. Who is going to do the procedure? Determine the credentials of your surgeon or if he or she is board certified in dermatology. This is very important as many errors or accidents occur due to unqualified medical practitioners performing such cosmetic procedures. You could also investigate his reputation and level of experience. It is alright to directly ask your doctor how many times he has performed the procedure that you will undergo. You could also ask around. Maybe you know some of his previous clients. Try to interview them and find out about their experiences with the surgeon. The bottom line is this: entrust your health to qualified professionals only.
What. Before you go under the knife, be sure that you understand everything about the procedure. What is the procedure all about? What do you expect will happen to you after the procedure? What are the requirements before, during, and after the surgery? What are the possible complications? As a patient, it is your right to know the answers to these questions. Never proceed with the procedure if you have doubts or if you are not satisfied with the answers.
When. This is not just to determine the time of the procedure itself. Ask also the expected number of hours that the procedure will take. Determine the tentative total recovery period, too. Some procedures may take weeks to totally heal while others may take as long as one year before all traces of the procedure are gone.
Where. Is it going to be done inside the major operating room of a hospital? Or just in the clinic of the doctor or maybe in the outpatient department? If you are not in the hospital, you may want to find out if there are provisions in case of an untoward event. Is there a nearby hospital that they can bring you to? Is the actual venue of the procedure equipped for any kind of emergency? The place of operation is vital, too.
How. Be detailed in asking about the process of the procedure. Make sure that you understand how they will perform the procedure from day 1 until the last day. Are they pre-operational requirements such as cardio clearance or lab works? During the operation, how would they go about it? Would there be an anesthesiologist or not? Would you be put to sleep or are you awake all throughout?
When all these information are supplied, then you can decide if you would undergo the operation or not.