12 09 plastic surgery facts tips information canadaIf you're considering a surgical or cosmetic treatment, here is the vital information you need to know:

1. DETERMINE YOUR GOAL

Establishing your aesthetic goal will make your search for the ideal professional, procedure and treatment location easier. Surgeons, physicians and other professionals have different specialties and expertise, so knowing what type of results you’re looking for—permanent or temporary, a reduction or an enlargement, etc.—will help guide you through the many options patients have available.

Your goal will also guide you when evaluating research and referrals. “Your friend may have had a terrific breast augmentation from Dr. Jones, but if you are looking to have a facelift, that doctor may not be very good at face procedures,” advises Dr. Peter A. Adamson, FRCSC, FACS, an Otolaryngologist-Head and Neck Surgeon, practicing in facial plastic surgery in Toronto and author of Fabulous Faces: From Motivation to Transformation through Facial Plastic Surgery. “You want to find someone who is recognized as having a lot of experience in what you want to transform.”

Get specific

“For example, if you’re considering rhinoplasty, you should spend some time looking at your nose and specifically determining what changes you want,” explains Dr. Robert Mounsey, FRCSC, FACS, an Otolaryngologist-Head and Neck Surgeon practicing in facial plastic surgery in Toronto. The more specific you can be, the better. 

Instead of determining a somewhat-vague goal, such as wanting a nose to look smaller, Dr. Mounsey recommends prospective patients use photos and identify certain characteristics they’d like to change. In the case of the smaller-looking nose, some patients may want a bump on the bridge reduced, while others may want the length of the nose to be shorter. “It’s important for patients to be able to articulate exactly what it is that they would like to achieve,” adds Dr. Mounsey. “Once they do that, then you can then tell them if this is possible, or how we can achieve this goal.”

FAST FACT
The more specific your goal, the easier it is for a professional to determine how to achieve it.