Questions You Should Ask
Questions You Should Ask During a Consultation
Choosing a qualified plastic surgeon—and making an informed decision—can be intense and confusing. The Refine Institute has compiled a list of suggested questions for you to ask of any cosmetic surgeon, as well as answers from our own physician. In addition to finding a doctor who works with the latest in technology and minimally invasive techniques, you should ask the following questions:
What type of training should my doctor have?
- A minimum of five years of surgical training, including a 2-3 year plastic surgery residency
- Dr. Pratt performed extensive surgical residencies at respective educational institutions
- Additional training specifically geared toward their specialty
- Dr. Pratt has performed fellowships in plastic surgery and received specialty training in Craniofacial Surgery, Cosmetic Surgery, Power-Assisted Liposuction, and SmartLipo™.
- Dr. Pratt continues to serve on staff at Carolinas Medical Center performing plastic surgery in trauma patients in an effort to serve the local community.
- Training with renowned experts
Who will perform the surgery and all of the postoperative care?
Dr. Pratt performs all procedures at the Refine Institute and will conduct all of your follow-up care. No residents or medical students perform any part of your surgery. After performing any plastic surgery, Dr. Pratt sees all of his patients the day after their surgery. Then, he sees them at regular intervals out past one year.
Does this surgeon care about the rest of me or are they just selling a procedure?
The Refine Institute is a complete resource for evaluating and treating the whole person. Cosmetic procedures are just one aspect of wellness, which is why we offer a unique, 360 º approaches to patient health. Our in-house wellness counselor will guide you in your own personal refinement process. Very few plastic surgery practices offer this.
If the procedure is to be done in an outpatient center or an office, is the facility certified by a respected accrediting agency?
The Refine Institute’s surgical center adheres to the strict guidelines of the American Associate for Ambulatory Health Care. Additionally, some larger procedures are conducted at the Carolina Medical Center in Pineville, which is state licensed by the state of North Carolina and JCAHO approved.
I am concerned about anesthesia. How do I know the appropriate care is being taken?
If your procedure requires anesthesia, you can be confident that great care is taken to offer you both safety and confidence. The Refine Institute utilizes anesthesia professionals with extensive experience and credentials. This provides our patients with the confidence that the utmost is being done to ensure a safe procedure with the best possible recovery.
Does the office offer financing?
Since most people cannot afford to pay for many cosmetic procedures in one lump sum, this may be an important question to consider. The Refine Institute accepts Visa, Master Card, and American Express. Also, we have a partnership with Care Credit, the leader in patient financing. Our patient coordinators can assist you in setting up your account and selecting the appropriate option for your financial needs.