Laser surgery is a breakthrough in cosmetic repair. Lasers can remove unwanted hair, repair damaged skin, remove wrinkles and even correct your vision. Trying to find a laser clinic for your specific needs can be overwhelming. Here are 10 tips on choosing a laser clinic that best fits your needs.
1. Plan Ahead
Prepare a list of questions to ask before making a final decision on a procedure. Research the type of laser procedure you want to have done, and become knowledgeable about what it entails. Consult your physician and ask if he can recommend a laser clinic that specializes in your specific area. Because your physician knows your medical history, ask him if laser surgery is right for you. Ask friends and family members if they have had laser surgery done and if they could recommend a clinic/specialist.
2. Find a Specialist
Most surgeons have an area of expertise in which they practice. It’s important to find a surgeon who is an expert in the type of procedure you will be having done. Ask him about his experience with this type of surgery, what the success rates are and what type of complications he may have encountered. You should also ask where the surgeon has studied, where he received his training, education or certification.
3. Before, During and After
Your surgeon should also inform you of what is required of you before, during and after the procedure, and where the procedure will take place. Be sure you can afford the time off that may be necessary for recovery.
4. Determine the Risks
Your surgeon should be able to tell you all of the risks involved with the type of procedure you’re having done. These risks should include what could happen during and after the surgery. Ask how common the complications are, and if complications do occur, how they can be treated.
5. Know the Recovery Process
Procedures vary in terms of recovery time. You should know the long-term program before your surgery to plan for time away from work and household responsibilities. Ask if medications will be necessary and how long before you can resume normal routines.
6. Conduct Research
Before you make that big decision, ask for informative brochures and websites specific to the type of laser procedure you are considering. If your surgeon is reputable and honest, he will appreciate the fact that you need more information to determine if the surgery is something you want to have done.
7. Ask for Referrals
Similar to asking for references during a job interview, you should know what past patients have experienced with the results of the laser procedure or the surgeon. A good surgeon will be happy to provide you with a list of his patients who have had the type of surgery you are considering. If the surgeon denies your request, ask him why. If he is not willing to provide references of past patients, you should consider another surgeon.
8. Study Photos
By seeing real “before” and “after” photos of past patients, you will gain a better perspective of what the outcome will be for your specific procedure.
8. Calculate the Cost
You should know what your options are for the cost of the procedure. Ask your surgeon how much it will cost and whether your insurance will cover the type of surgery you’re having done. If not, ask if there are any financing options available through his practice or if he can refer you to a financing company. If you need to finance your surgery, make sure you know the terms of the contract, the interest rate, how much your monthly payments will be and whether or not you can afford to make those payments each month.
9. Ask About Anesthesia
Determine if the procedure will require anesthesia and whether it is a local or regional anesthesia. Also ask if there are any sedatives or other medications that you will be required to take prior to the procedure.
10. Consider Options
Not everyone is a good candidate for laser surgery. Depending on your medical history, you may need to consider an alternative. Your surgeon will be able to provide you with some effective alternatives, or he may refer you to another physician who will be able to best fit your needs.
Copyright (c) 2007 Barry Lycka