Patient care: What questions should I be asking my Plastic Surgeon?


The decision to have plastic surgery is not a light one, so it’s always important that you not only do your research, but thoroughly question your plastic surgeon to ensure you gain a thorough understanding of not only your procedure, but also the risks and costs associated with it.

It’s also a great way to determine if your plastic surgeon is well equipped to handle the procedure. A trustworthy plastic surgeon will have no problem in answering your questions honestly. Here are some of the questions you should be asking your plastic surgeon:

Qualifications & Experience Questions

Q What are your qualifications and experience? Are you a member of ASPS and have a Fellowship with the Royal Australia College of Surgeons?

To ensure that your plastic surgeon is actually a ‘plastic surgeon’ and not a cosmetic surgeon, it’s important to ask them for proof of a qualification as a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of Surgeons (FRACS-Plastic Surgery) and their membership with ASPS. There is a difference between a cosmetic and a plastic surgeon, so it’s important to be clear on that difference.

Q How many times have you performed this procedure?

Q How many times have you performed this procedure in the last six months?

Q Can I speak to another patient in your clinic?

Surgery Complications & Risks Questions

Q What are the complications associated with this surgery?

Q If a complication does occur, how will you deal with this?

Q Are there any side-effects from this surgery?

Procedure Questions

Q What aftercare is provided by your rooms and is this included in the treatment costs?

Q Is my procedure being performed in an accredited hospital under a general anaesthetic?

Q Will there be a specialist Anaesthetist present throughout my whole operation?

If you are considering surgery with Dr Kevin Ho, please feel free to refer to his qualifications and education to learn more about his path to becoming a plastic surgeon. We can also be contacted via telephone on (02) 9650 4900.


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