2. There is a vast
amount of information available on the web as well as pamphlets free to the public from
libraries and doctors offices, without obligation.
3. Dont be afraid to ask around. Ask around at your salon or gym, ask nurses, search
online - join chat and forum discussions.
4. Compile a list of possible doctors and begin checking them out for disciplinary actions
and check to see if they are currently board certified. Also check for possible negative
5. You can find out if they have been disciplined by writing your State Medical Board.
6. Check with the American Board of Medical Specialists by calling 1-800-776-2378 Mon. -
Fri. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern time.
7. Has the doctors malpractice insurance ever been cancelled? Some state medical
boards will tell you when a doctor has had insurance cancelled (beware! most doctors can
get insurance no matter how bad their record is).
8. Beware of the doctor who fails to listen to your concerns or fails to bring the risks
and complications of your chosen procedure to your attention. KNOW THE RISKS!
9. Not all surgeons charge for a consultation. The price of the consult does not
necessarily reflect on the skill of the surgeon. Prices vary from free to $500.
10. You may find it helpful to speak to others, like you, who have undergone or will
undergo the same procedure you are interested in. Check Discussion Forums, Chat rooms and
11. If you view before and after photos (from the web, doctors offices, etc.) do
realize that they can be retouched digitally or "airbrushed" and not to rely
solely on them.
12. Look through magazines, old photos or other sources to help you decide what you DO and
do NOT want as a result. But remember to be realistic in your expectations. Your body is
made from tissue not clay.
13. Compile a list of the medications, if any, that you may be on as a reference. Your
doctor should instruct you to refrain from ingesting any products containing aspirin or
even herbal products.
14. Discuss with your spouse or significant other your wishes and concerns; perhaps they,
themselves, may have input or concerns you may not have thought of.
15. Trust your instincts. Sometimes, if you have a bad feeling about someone or something
- theres a reason.