Cosmetic Surgery For Dummies
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Your cosmetic surgery can be performed in a hospital, independent surgery center, or office-based surgery suite. Wherever the surgery is done, make sure it’s a safe, accredited facility, so ask these questions:

  • Is my surgery going to be performed at the hospital or an ambulatory outpatient surgery center? These facilities have to adhere to the highest safety standards. If your surgery will be performed at one of them, you probably don’t need to investigate further.

  • Is my surgery being performed in an office-based surgery suite? If so, you want to know the surgery suite has current accreditation. Ask to see the current license and check out the organization on the Web.

  • What type of anesthesia do you recommend for the procedure(s) I am considering? You need to understand the risks and benefits of each type and why that type is suggested for your particular procedure.

  • What are the qualifications of the person who is providing my anesthesia? Will I be able to meet with my anesthesia provider? Using board-certified MD anesthesiologists or certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) is recommended.

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R. Merrel Olesen, MD has over 30 years of plastic surgery experience. He has written patient information and informed consent materials used by millions of patients. Marie B.V. Olesen has worked with hundreds of plastic surgery practices to help them understand how to meet the needs of cosmetic surgery patients.

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