5 Steps to take when considering plastic surgery. Talk with Lawrence Iteld, MD - Chicago

Does something bother you about how you loo? Are you considering plastic surgery? If so, we recommend you take the following steps before making your decision:

  1. Are you serious? Is surgery the right decision for you? Just because a friend had breast augmentation, or you saw a social media post of a celeb who had a Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL), does it make it right for you? All too often we see patients who are trying to follow others instead of forging their own paths. You should have surgery because it is want you want, not what others had done.

  2. Research it! What do you know about the surgery you’re considering? You should know more! Check out websites such as the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery to learn about the procedures.

  3. Consult several surgeons: We suggest you have consultations with several plastic surgeons to discuss the procedure(s) you’re considering. Each one will have a different approach—both in their mannerism and surgical philosophy. You’ll want to make sure whoever you choose is a good match for you.

  4. Reputation matters: What do others think about the surgeons you’ve consulted. Do they have good reputations? Do patients like them and their surgical skills? Check websites like RealSelf and Yelp. See what patients have to say.

  5. Costs count! Can you afford the surgery? And, of equal importance, is it worth the cost to you? Can you afford the time off from work or school to recover? And, if you need revision surgery, will you be able to afford that as well?

Bonus step: We usually find that friends and family members will tell you that you look great just the way you are. But, if you do have a trusted friend, get an honest opinion.

Food for Thought

While you’re going through these steps, I’d like you to consider the following about me: I am a board certified plastic surgeon and recognized as one of Chicago’s Top Docs in Chicago Magazine’s annual listing. I am also included in the prestigious Castle Connolly listing of Chicago’s Top Doctors. It is important to me, and should be to you, that I stay up-to-date with new techniques, and am a very strong advocate for narcotic free recovery. I deeply respect my patients and only want what’s best for them and for you!

Steps Complete

You’ve gone through the these steps and you want surgery. Great! Now, you’re an informed, prepared patient who should have realistic expectations. We hope you came to us for a consultation and we would be pleased to have you as our patient. Please contact my patient coordinators to schedule your appointment. Call 312.757.4505 or send us an email at info@driteld.com.

Have questions you want answered anonymously?

I am a frequent contributor to RealSelf.com. You’re welcome to post questions there for general responses. Obviously, I can’t give specific answers; for that, you’ll want to come in for a private and completely confidential appointment to address your particular issues.

Located in Chicago’s Lincoln Park, our offices are a warm, friendly and comfortable place to share your wants, needs and concerns.

Lawrence Iteld, MD