Before a patient even sets foot in Dr. Kevin Sadati’s office for a cosmetic consultation, they need to do a self-evaluation of whether they should have a cosmetic surgery done or not. San Bernardino patients who ask themselves these questions are often more mentally-prepared for their operation, and have a more successful recovery experience. Whether a San Bernardino resident wants to have a facelift done, or they are looking into the rhinoplasty procedure, it’s important to evaluate their current situation and decide if now is the right time.
Do I have realistic goals and expectations of the surgery?
Understand that Dr. Sadati can improve your appearance, but he cannot create you into an entirely different person. His goal is to provide every patient with natural-looking results, allowing you to look like a better version of yourself.
Am I emotionally prepared for the experience?
When you look in the mirror and see the improvements that have been made, you need to understand that it will be an emotional experience. It is important that patients choose to have a cosmetic surgery during a calm, secure time in their life. Dr. Sadati typically advises patients to avoid having plastic surgery immediately after large life changes, such as a death in the family, divorce from a spouse or after moving to a new place.
Am I prepared, financially, for the surgery?
Cosmetic surgery is typically an elective surgery; therefore, most insurance plans will not cover the procedure. Patients need to understand the various costs involved with any type of cosmetic surgery, including the fee for the surgeon, the facility fee, the fee for the anesthesiologist and the fee for the complexity of the operation.
Do I have support from family members or friends?
Most patients will need to have an individual take care of them after the operation for at least a few days. It is important that you know who your caretaker will be before you decide to have a facelift procedure. In addition to needing someone to help you with your physical needs, you may also need to rely on your family and friends for emotional support during this time of change in your life.
Is this the right time?
Make sure you are at a place in your life or your calendar year where you can take a couple weeks off of work and other obligations to rest and recover.
Do I understand the impact of the long-term results?
Most cosmetic surgery procedures do not produce results that last forever. Recognize that you may need follow up work several years down the road in order to maintain your new look.
Patients should take time out for self reflection and ask themselves all of these questions. It’s important to be honest with yourself, and to, truly, take the time to formulate your answers. Once you have decided that this is the route you want to go down, then it’s time to set up your free cosmetic consultation with Dr. Sadati. He will determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure, and subsequently craft a custom surgical plan for you. For more information, contact his office today.