Choosing a Surgeon
Choosing to undergo cosmetic surgery is a difficult decision with long-lasting consequences. You will live with the results of your surgery for years to come. That’s why it’s so important to find an experienced surgeon equipped with the latest technology to ensure that you enjoy the best surgical result possible, with an improved appearance and no complications.
Since endoscopy is still relatively new to plastic surgery, it’s essential that you choose a board-certified plastic surgeon with the proper training in the use of an endoscope. When a physician is board-certified, they not only have years of training behind them, but they also stay up-to-date on the latest developments and procedures being used in their field.
You may be planning to have an endoscopic procedure performed in a surgeon’s office, which is very common. However, find out whether the surgeon you’re considering using has surgical privileges at an accredited hospital. If so, you can rest assured that the surgeon’s performance and credentials have been evaluated for certain standards and found to be acceptable.
It is also important to make sure that the surgeon is trained and experienced in both the endoscopic and the traditional version of the procedure you plan to have. There are occasionally complications during an endoscopic surgery that could require the surgeon to change to a more traditional method along the way.
Special Considerations and Risks
As with any surgical procedure, there are some potential risks involved with endoscopy. These risks may vary depending on the type of surgery you are undergoing. While rare, the risks can include adverse reactions to anesthesia, loss of sensation, infection, deposits of fluid beneath the skin, nerve or blood vessel damage and injuries to the skin.
Complications are very uncommon and are often correctable when they do occur. You can minimize your chance of developing some complications by following your surgeon’s instructions both before and after the procedure.
Deciding if Endoscopic Surgery is Right For You
Although endoscopy is still a relatively new technique for cosmetic surgery uses, it has been a valuable tool in other types of surgery for many years. When a skilled, experienced plastic surgeon is handling an endoscopic procedure, the outcome should be every bit as successful as a traditional technique would have offered. It may also offer the additional potential benefits of less scarring and shorter recovery time.
Your doctor can help to determine whether you are a good candidate for a cosmetic endoscopic procedure, depending upon the amount and type of changes you are seeking to achieve. Some patients are better candidates for endoscopic surgeries, some for traditional surgeries and some benefit most from a combination of the two.
For more information about Endoscopic Surgery, please contact our office.