Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery

If a Plastic Surgeon Tells You No, Maybe You Shouldn’t Shop Around

Woman talking to a male doctor in the doctor's office.

Woman talking to a male doctor in the doctor's office.As the saying goes, too much of a good thing can turn out to be a bad thing. This is certainly true of crazy plastic surgery asks, where you want to get an unreasonable amount of “work” done that could be risky to your health and safety—as well as the quality of your results.

So if you sit down with a plastic surgeon and he refuses to perform the procedure you’re requesting, consider yourself lucky for dodging a bullet. DON’T head out of the country to find someone who will go along with your requests, despite the known risks of plastic surgery tourism.

This isn’t to say that you can’t ever seek a second opinion. But you’ll want to ask these questions to help you decide if your plastic surgeon is legit or not.

  1. Is Plastic Surgeon Board-Certified?

    This might sound like stuffy medical lingo, but you’ll want to keep your ears open for this. Board-certified plastic surgeons have been through rigorous medical training, residency programs and exams. Don’t sell yourself short when picking one—go for the cream of the crop to avoid heartbreak later when you end up with a botched job.

  2. Is the Surgical Facility Accredited?

    The facility where your tummy tuck, liposuction or other procedure would take place should be a fully accredited surgical center and should obviously be clean and well organized with trained staff members.

    Like, please don’t show up at a barn for your liposuction procedure and think that everything is A-okay. Because it’s absolutely not.

  3. Why Have You Already Been Told No?

    Ask to see where your procedure will take place. Ask for accreditations. A reputable plastic surgeon will be an open book about these things.

    Don’t be like that little kid who runs to Grandma when Mom says no to candy before dinner. There’s a reason why your plastic surgeon doesn’t want to do your mommy makeover—he doesn’t want to risk his license or reputation by performing something super risky. Not sure why he deemed your procedure too risky to be worth it? Ask!

    And if someone else says they’ll do it, your red flags should be raised. Ask what the risks are. If they play it off as if nothing could possibly go wrong, run for the hills, girl.

  4. What’s Travel Going to Be Like?

    Picture this: you’ve just had your tummy tuck, you wake up from anesthesia and it’s time to pack your bags and jump on a plane to head home. Or, you’re on your way to a questionable hotel with a crappy bed and no room service. And all you want to do is slide between your comfy, cozy sheets at home and get some much-needed R&R.

    That could be you if you pack up and hit the road to find a sketchy plastic surgeon who will promise to grant your every wish, no matter how risky or outlandish. Come back down to earth, reevaluate your goals and try to reach a reasonable compromise with a trusted, reputable plastic surgeon at home. If the cost of liposuction is an obstacle, discuss financing options, not plane tickets.

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