African American Guide to Plastic Surgery: Questions To Ask Your Plastic Surgeon

It is important to be an educated and an active participant in the process of achieving your aesthetic goals. Below you’ll find a list of questions to ask your plastic surgeon during your consultation:


  • Are you certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery?
  • Were you trained specifically in the field of plastic surgery?
  • How many years of plastic surgery training have you had?
  • Do you have hospital privileges? If so, at which hospitals?
  • Is the office-based surgical facility accredited by a nationally-or state-recognized accrediting agency, or is it state-licensed or Medicare-certified?
  • Am I a good candidate for the proposed procedure?
  • What experience do you have in performing this procedure in African American patients?
  • What will be expected of me to get the best results?
  • Where and how will you perform my procedure?
  • What incisions should I expect?
  • How long of a recovery period can I expect, and what kind of help will I need during my recovery?
  • What are the risks and complications associated with my procedure?
  • How are complications handled?
  • What are my options if I am dissatisfied with the cosmetic outcome of my surgery?
  • Do you have before-and-after photos I can look at for this procedure and what results are reasonable for me? Request to see before and after pictures of patients with: your skin type, similar facial features and similar body types so that you can get a realistic idea of what plastic surgery can do for you.