Ask Dr. K: 5 Things Patients Should Always Ask Their Doctor

1) What is your training and education? 
It is important to know what your doctor’s background and certification is, so you understand their level of experience. Personally, I am a double-board certified plastic surgeon and received my doctorate from USC School of Medicine. Additionally, my training includes a Plastic Surgery Research Fellowship at the USC School of Medicine; a Fellowship in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Oregon Health Sciences University; a Fellowship in Cosmetic Surgery at the world-renowned Baker, Stuzin & Baker Institute in Miami, Florida; a subspecialty Fellowship in Face/Breast/Body Sculpturing with Dr. Lloyd Hale; and training in laser and hair transplantation with Dr. Bruce Rusell. As I mentioned before, I am certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Plastic Surgery, and I am also a member of numerous medical societies, including the American College of Surgeons.
2) Is this procedure something you do often?
If your doctor has performed a procedure many times, let’s say 50, in the past year, then chances are that they perform this particular surgery well and you will have strong results. If the procedure is barely performed, then more risk is involved in knowing how the results will turn out. It is important to see a doctor who specializes or has a strong track record with the particular procedure you are interested in getting.
3) What are the risks?
People tend to be more concerned with the benefits and the end result of their procedure, and fail to address the risks involved. You should always know what you’re heading into. Ask your surgeon if they are board certified and what you can expect after surgery, and what the risks are as you make a decision. 
4) Can you show me “After” photos?
“After” photos of the procedure results from passed patients are the best way for you to get an idea as to how your outcome might look. Ask your surgeon for as many of these as you can and ask for images outside of the procedure you are getting to see how the surgeons work looks in all areas. 
5) What does it mean to be board certified?
Board certification is the process by which a physician in the United States demonstrates through either written, practical, and/or simulator based testing, a mastery of the basic knowledge and skills that define an area of medical specialization. I am double-board certified in both general and plastic surgery. 

Lift MD Aesthetics® by Dr. Garo Kassabian

436 N. Bedford Dr. Suite 301 Beverly Hills, Ca 90210



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