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8 Questions to Ask Your Plastic Surgeon

By: Dr. Rolando Morales


You’ve done your research and now it’s time to schedule a plastic surgery consultation. Consultations are a one-on-one conversation between you and your plastic surgeon, where you can ask questions and express your concerns. At Morales Plastic Surgery, we know that every successful surgery begins with a detailed consultation. Patients who get the most out of their experience are the ones who aren’t afraid to ask tough questions.

Our office is run by board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Rolando Morales, who is known for his expertise and caring personality. Providing top procedures for the face and body, we have the tools needed to help people achieve their aesthetic goals. Our private consultation rooms offer a comfortable setting to ask questions and learn about the risks of plastic surgery. To begin the consultation process, reach out to our state-of-the-art office located in Houston, TX.

1. Am I a candidate for plastic surgery?

Good physical health is mandatory before undergoing any kind of cosmetic surgery. To make sure there are no negative health risks, Dr. Morales will perform a physical examination and gather information about your medical history, medications, allergies, and more. From there, we can determine whether you are an ideal candidate for a specific treatment plan. If you have a condition that prevents you from having surgery at this time, we may be able to offer an alternative solution.

2. Are you board-certified?

In the U.S., any licensed physician can perform cosmetic surgery, even if they have not been trained in the procedure. This is why board certification is a must. Board certification means that your doctor has participated in an extensive 12-month fellowship training program, followed by the passing of an official test. It also means they continue to participate in continuing education within their chosen field. At his facility, Dr. Morales is a board-certified plastic surgeon who is often invited to speak about the subject of plastic surgery at national conventions.

3. What kind of anesthesia will be used?

Different types of anesthesia may be used based on the procedure chosen. For instance, general anesthesia requires a trained specialist to administer in a safe medical setting, while a local anesthetic may be recommended for less intensive surgery. A plastic surgeon who is aware of your needs and medical history should be able to address this question easily. It is also important to discuss the risks of plastic surgery with anesthesia.

4. Can I see before-and-after photos?

Plastic surgery before-and-after photos are of real patients who gave permission to have their photographs published. Although a reputable surgeon cannot guarantee a certain outcome, these photos are a great tool for understanding what you may look like following a procedure. Whether you desire breast augmentation, liposuction, or other body contouring surgeries, our staff should be able to provide the photos for you during your consultation in Houston, TX.

5. What are the risks of plastic surgery?

Even noninvasive cosmetic procedures carry some risk, which is why it is essential to ask this question when visiting with Dr. Morales. Some complications include infection, blood loss, or adverse reactions to general anesthesia. Other risks vary based on the individual health of the patient getting surgery. When you visit Morales Plastic Surgery, we will discuss all these risks with you.

6. What will recovery be like?

While each person requires a different timeline for recovery, patients should expect to take some time off from daily activities after cosmetic surgery. The more intensive the surgery is, the longer the recovery will be. Dr. Morales or a member of his team will offer specific instructions about recovery and incision care to give you a better idea of what to expect.

7. How long does it take to recover from surgery?

If you received general anesthesia after plastic surgery, you may need to arrange for a responsible friend or family member to pick you up afterward. From that moment, you may require the help of a friend or family member for household chores and childcare. Recovery timelines range from a few days to a few weeks, so Dr. Morales will confirm this with you. We can also help you understand any physical limitations such as exercise, so you don’t push yourself too hard or too soon.

8. How do I get the process started?

One of the best ways to decide whether cosmetic surgery is right for you is through a personalized consultation. Dr. Rolando Morales is a reputable and qualified plastic surgeon who takes pride in outstanding patient care and remarkable results. When you arrive at Morales Plastic Surgery, we are prepared to help you through the process. With years of experience and the most advanced cosmetic technology, our team is ready to start whenever you are. We encourage you to learn more about our practice, review before-and-after photos, and schedule a consultation with Dr. Morales in Houston, TX.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.