Deciding to undergo a cosmetic procedure is a major decision requiring research. The good news is since it's an elective procedure, you have lots of time to make sure you are not only getting the right procedure for you, but have the right doctor performing the operation.
We all do something in our lives according to how comfortable we are. Whether it's attending the same bar because you enjoy a bartender there, or visiting the same hairstylist because they understand what you want, we make decisions based on comfort and understanding. This trend needs to continue when it comes to finding the right Grand Rapids plastic surgeon.
There are plenty of questions to ask your doctor when you go through the preparation for a cosmetic procedure. Below are five questions we consider some of the most important and hope you ask us when you pay a visit to The Bengtson Center.
1. Are you passionate about the procedure you are performing?
Have you ever interacted with someone who clearly wasn't passionate about what they were doing? It's no fun and it can kill your mood or excitement. You want your doctor to have the same passion for the procedure as you do. Dr. Bengtson speaks openly about the procedures he's most passionate about and has even suggested potential patients to consult with another doctor.
There are many different kinds of cosmetic procedures, so you'll be hard-pressed to find a doctor matching passion for each one. And this leads us to the next question...
2. What procedures do you enjoy performing the most?
When you are searching for the right doctor, you want them to divulge as much information as possible, as it shows they are open to you. Asking what procedures they enjoy the most will further help showcase that passion you are trying to capture with a plastic surgeon. While they obviously need to learn about you, you need to do the same with them.
This is also the type of question that can really open your eyes to what else is out there and maybe shift your initial cosmetic desires to something currently more suited for yourself.
3. Do you have some patients I can speak to about the procedure I am interested in?
While you can always surf the internet and read about someone's experience, it can be eye-opening to speak directly with someone who has undergone the procedure you are considering.
At The Bengtson Center, we remain friendly with plenty of former patients so we can happily dive into the community we've built and put you in touch with someone who has experienced a specific procedure.
4. How can I see what I will specifically look like and what my outcome will be?
Cosmetic procedures have come a long way - so much in fact that you can get a look at your Afters... before!
For example, with VECTRA 3D Imaging technology, exclusively offered in Grand Rapids by The Bengtson Center, you can a view a simulation that will illustrate your individualized and personal potential outcome for breast augmentation. It will give you a 3D visual range of outcomes that show you a realistic range for your breasts.
5. How do you follow your patients long-term? Do I need expensive MRI's to follow my implants?
With plenty of research regarding the before and during stages of cosmetic procedures, it's also vital to gather information regarding what happens after.
The FDA recommends MRI follow-up of breast implants, and this can cost you thousands of dollars straight from your pocket. At The Bengtson Center we offer in-house surveillance of all implant patients with our own exclusive hi-resolution ultrasound technology.
It happens very uncommonly, but you'll even receive $3,500 toward replacement within the first 10 years for any implant shell complications. This happens nationally at a 25- to 30-percent rate in the first 3 years. In comparison, Dr. Bengtson's breast revision rate is only 3 percent.
Finding the right plastic surgeon with the right experience, knowledge, and passion is key to the success and comfort of a cosmetic procedure. The right way to go about finding the right plastic surgeon is by asking questions that will not only shed light on themselves, but the procedure you're considering.
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Plastic Surgeons Dr. Bengtson and Dr. Alfonso, along with the team at the Bengtson Center for Aesthetics & Plastic Surgery, provide advanced surgical and cosmetic treatments for patients from Grand Rapids, Birmingham, Detroit, and Kalamazoo, Michigan.Fees & Financing