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Making the Right Choice

What Can I Expect?


Cosmetic or reconstructive surgery is an option for patients who may want to improve their appearance or address an existing concern. However, many factors should be taken into account before making the decision to have plastic surgery. Understanding the benefits, risks and limitations will help you make the right choice. It’s appropriate to anticipate improvement but not perfection.

Before undergoing plastic surgery, you should understand what the surgery can and cannot provide you with. Making informed decisions is an important step in having a successful plastic surgery. A few items that will help you in making your decision include:

  • How are the procedures performed?
  • What are the latest innovations in surgery?
  • What to expect during recovery?
  • What potential risks are involved?

Your plastic surgeon should also be the most important resource to you. During your initial consultation, several questions should be discussed regarding your surgery. First and foremost, ask the surgeon about their experience. A qualified plastic surgeon should have years of training and experience and should be able to show you the results of their work.

Other factors to discuss include the overall procedure, recovery and cost. Cosmetic surgery is usually not covered by health insurance. Albany Medical Center’s Division of Plastic Surgery offers options to patients for covering costs and information can be made available during your initial visit.

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