How to Protect Yourself Under the Knife
In 2014 an estimated 15.1 million cosmetic surgery procedures were completed. The pressure in our society to remain youthful and vibrant may be the reason people are willing to go under the knife. Almost every industry thrives on youthfulness, from the entertainment industry to the tech field. The entertainment industry capitalizes on young starlets who can appeal to multiple audiences. The tech industry flourishes from the innovation and creativity of millennials. For many, playing the part requires you to look the part. For this reason more and more people are scrambling to tighten, tuck, and mold their bodies and faces. With any cosmetic surgery, risk is involved. Doctors make mistakes, surgeries can be botched, and you can suffer serious damage. If you have suffered serious disfigurement or an injury related to your surgery you may be able to receive full compensation. Hiring an attorney that specializes in plastic surgery error can help you to receive full compensation.
There are ways you can reduce your risk of suffering disfigurement or other surgery related risks.
1. Do your homework
Before you select a doctor to perform your surgery, do your homework. Review board certified surgeons. If possible review surgeons with a speciality in the type of surgery your interested in. Some doctors with general medical training perform cosmetic surgeries to bolster their income. These doctors do not have specialized training in cosmetic surgery. Do your best to avoid surgeons who are not certified by the Board of Cosmetic Surgery.
2. Understand subspecialities
2. Even within cosmetic surgery surgeons can have specialities. Some surgeons specialize in breast implantation while others have a specialization in facial reconstruction. Working with bone and cartilage is very different than working with soft fatty tissue. For this reason cosmetic surgeons often have subspecialties.
3. Agree on aesthetics
Cosmetic surgeons develop different techniques even when completing the same procedures. The results of one surgeon may differ greatly than those of another surgeon completing the same cosmetic procedure. Before you select a cosmetic surgeon to perform your procedure study the results of previous procedures they have completed. Select the surgeon whose ideas of aesthetics align with your own. It also helps to study the body type and physical features of previous patients. If you share similar features with previous patients and you appreciate how their results turned out, it may be easier to place yourself in that particular surgeons care.
4. Understand the risks
Before you go under the knife you should always have a clear understanding of the risks and potential dangers. Even simple and routine procedures like botox injections involve a level of risk. Go through the procedure with your surgeon multiple times. Be sure to ask questions, even the questions you feel are silly or ridiculous. Ask your doctor to define any medical terminology that is foreign to you. If you have any doubts about your surgeon's ability, the anesthesiologists qualifications, or the procedure itself it would be in your best interests to press pause. Nervousness before a procedure is common, but feelings of doubt are something to consider.
If you have suffered any disfigurement or other cosmetic related injury feel free to contact us at Colley and Colley.