Minimize risks of surgery – optimize results


Before any surgery, the question arises as to the risks of surgery and how these risks can best be minimized. One of the main factors is the choice of doctor. Here the choice is large and sometimes confusing.

If there is no trustworthy person who can make a recommendation, then this task sometimes seems insurmountable at the beginning. However, there are tips that can help to make a choice.

Risks of surgery: questioning qualifications

In Germany, physicians can additionally further their education with a specialist training and thus obtain a specialization for a certain medical field. Following successful completion of the training, the designation “Facharzt/ Fachärztin für XY” may also be used.

Examples of areas in which specialization may be obtained include cardiac surgery, gynecology, internal medicine, or plastic and cosmetic surgery. In Germany, however, there is a legal loophole, as terms such as cosmetic surgery or aesthetic medicine are not protected.

This means that any physician can use these terms without having the appropriate advanced training. Therefore, it is important to pay attention to the exact designation specialist for plastic and aesthetic surgery. This is because only a doctor who has successfully completed the training may use this designation. Therefore, verifying the existence of a specialist training is the first important step in the decision-making process for the patient. This is because during the training, the physician has acquired the required knowledge and tested the techniques necessary for the operations in at least six years.

Don’t be deceived by appearances

A good Internet presence is essential and important today. However, one should not be guided here only by the beautiful appearance of the pictures. Here, too, it is important to look behind the shiny facade. Especially extremely low-priced offers that may be advertised with before-and-after pictures should be avoided. In Germany, advertising with before-and-after images is prohibited under the Therapeutic Products Act. If they are nevertheless used, this can be an indication that the offer is less reputable. Likewise, dazzling social media appearances on Instagram, Facebook or YouTube should not be the sole criterion for making a decision.

It should always be checked whether there is a website that provides further information on treatment methods and qualifications and where contact details can be found without any problems. Reviews of a doctor on Google or other rating platforms can be consulted, but it should always be kept in mind that these could theoretically also be fake reviews. During the research, it is possible to check whether the persons have also submitted other ratings.

Especially a high number of reviews in different cities can be an indication that these could be fake reviews. Of course, it is optimal if you can talk to a patient who has already undergone the operation. In this case, one should dare to inquire directly with the desired doctor. If they work seriously, they will be happy to establish contact.

Personal conversation is necessary

In order to be able to make a decision, a personal conversation is indispensable, knows Dr. Martha Bernard, specialist for plastic and aesthetic surgery. In this conversation, all questions can be addressed openly and the risks of the procedure can be discussed. The doctor also obtains important information about the patient, e.g. in relation to illnesses or allergies or the use of medication. She clarifies in a non-judgmental way the possible desired results and shows realistic possibilities for surgery. If you have checked all the points for yourself and have a good feeling after the personal interview, and yes you can also listen to your gut, then you have found the right specialist for you, in whose hands you can trust. trustfully and with a good feeling would like to go for an operation.