National Consumers League


NCL Health Issues

Considering facial surgery?

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It’s always better to be an informed consumer, especially when it comes to your health! Before you leap onto the operating table, make sure you do the following.

  • Find a plastic surgeon or general surgeon who has been licensed by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.
  • Tell your doctor about your medical history and any medications (prescriptions, over the counter meds, and dietary supplements) you are taking.
  • Be specific about what you want.  It is the best way for both you and your doctor to select the procedure that’s best for you.
  • Ask for the total cost up-front, and make sure it includes the surgeon’s fee, the anesthesiologist’s fee, and the facility fee.
  • Ask questions! You will want to know:
    • Whether you will require local or general anesthesia
    • What risks are involved
    • How long it will take to recover
    • What you can do to help the healing process
    • When you should expect to notice the results
    • How long you can expect the results to last
    • How many times has the doctor performed this particular procedure

Plastic surgeons that perform facial surgical procedures (examples) should be certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, a member board of the American Board of Medical Specialties.  This certification is to provide assurance that a certified medical specialist has successfully completed an approved educational program and an evaluation including an examination process designed to assess the knowledge, experience and skill requisite to the provision of high quality patient care in that specialty.

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