Cosmetic Procedure Questions

Women and men wanting to look younger and healthier have so many choices today for cosmetic medical procedures. But the ever-increasing treatment options – combined with varying costs and widespread availability – may leave some consumers overwhelmed.

That’s not surprising when today’s options include laser treatments, high-tech light devices, chemical peels, dermabrasion, liposuction, lifts, vein treatments, soft-tissue fillers, neuromodulators (Botox) and hair restoration among others.

The first thing to remember is that cosmetic procedures are still medical procedures.

It’s a popular misconception that certain procedures are easy to perform and risk-free. Serious side effects – such as burns, infections, scars and pigmentation disorders – can occur when consumers visit untrained, unqualified practitioners. Of course, it makes sense to choose an experienced and qualified physician to perform a cosmetic medical procedure.

Not only are ASDS member physicians board certified in dermatology, they have the training and experience to determine the best treatment for each patient’s unique needs. ASDS physicians have pioneered many of the procedures being performed and perfected today.

However, it’s still important for consumers to do a little homework, such as checking a doctor’s credentials and making sure the doctor is on site.

It’s also vital to ask a doctor the right questions before undergoing a cosmetic procedure. Think of it as an interview. To help, the following questions can act as a guide (but feel free to ask any other questions – no matter how minor they may seem).

1. What treatment is right for me?

In other words, don’t ask the doctor for a specific procedure. Instead, explain the issues that need to be addressed and let the doctor offer the solution. ASDS doctors have extensive experience doing a variety of aesthetic treatments.