Use this checklist as a guide during your consultation:
Are you certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery?
Were you trained specifically in the field of plastic surgery?
How many years of plastic surgery training have you had?
Do you have hospital privileges to perform this procedure? If so, at which hospitals?
Is the office-based surgical facility accredited by a nationally or state-recognized accrediting agency, or is it state-licensed or Medicare-certified?
Am I a good candidate for this procedure?
What will be expected of me to get the best results?
Where and how will you perform my procedure?
What surgical technique is recommended for me?
How long of a recovery period can I expect, and what kind of help will I need during my recovery?
What are the risks and complications associated with my procedure?
How are complications handled?
How can I expect to look over time? After pregnancy?
What are my options if I am dissatisfied with the cosmetic outcome of my procedure?
Do you have before-and-after photos I can look at for this procedure and what results are reasonable for me?
Helena M . Guarda, M.D.
Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
Dr. Helena Guarda is board certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgerysince 2002 and was re-certified in 2012 and 2022. Her training in general and plastic surgery as well as her fellowship in microsurgery have been instrumental in serving her cosmetic and reconstructive patients over the past 23 years.