At Ponte Vedra Plastic Surgery, our renowned plastic surgeons are asked a lot of questions from our patients. We strive to provide the best possible client care by offering honest, direct answers to all the questions we receive. During your search for the right plastic surgeon to perform your surgery, it’s important that you ask the right questions to ensure you are getting the care you deserve. We have compiled a list of five questions you should ask during every consultation. Are you board certified? There are a lot of plastic surgeons out there. Some of them work in massive, beautiful offices where everything is pristine and luxurious. But that doesn’t mean anything unless that doctor in the office is board certified. There are several different types of certifying boards for plastic surgeons, in addition to the various societies that surgeons can be a part of. However, the crème de la crème of them all is the American Board of Plastic Surgery. A certification by the organization means the surgeon has undergone extensive, specialized training while maintaining a certain standard of excellence in the field. How many times have you done this procedure? Remember the golden rule of repetition: practice makes perfect. Look for a surgeon who has performed your type of surgery more than 100 times. Anything less than that and you may start to feel as though you’re a guinea pig. What’s better is if that surgeon can provide you with a list of testimonials. Where will the procedure be performed? The location of the procedure is often left to the discretion of the surgeon. It may be performed in a hospital, outpatient ambulatory center, or in the office. The complexity of the procedure in conjunction with your medical history should determine the location of your surgery. What are the risks associated with this procedure? This is always a question for your plastic surgeon – not Google. Every surgery comes with its own set of risks that need to be explained to you by a surgeon. Do not use the Internet to help you research the necessary questions of the surgery, like this one. The horror stories are often rare. However, it’s important to note that the most serious risks tend to include excessive blood loss, infection, or adverse reaction to general anesthesia. What is the exact breakdown of fees for this procedure? There are a lot of fees that go into your procedure, including the surgeon’s fees, anesthesia fees, operating room fees, lab fees, and other factors that may affect the final total. Always request a complete breakdown of fees on paper so there are no jaw-dropping surprises post-recovery. At Ponte Vedra Plastic Surgery, our thorough and complete consultation covers all of these topics and more. Schedule a meeting with one of our plastic surgeons and enjoy the benefits of working with one of the best teams in Jacksonville, Florida.