Aesthetic surgery procedures can be a safe way to address any issues with appearance that cause dissatisfaction. However, it’s important to choose a competent and reliable surgeon when undergoing a procedure to ensure your health and well-being are top priority.  For example, many consumers do not realize that there is a difference between a plastic surgeon and a cosmetic surgeon.

The Cleveland Clinic recommends looking for the following red flags when making your decision, which indicate that a particular aesthetic surgeon might not be the best choice.

Even minor procedures entail some level of risk, which is why it’s important for your surgeon to ask questions about your medical history. Failure to do so may lead to complications during surgery, especially if you have a health condition that can impact healing or cause other issues. A surgeon should ask questions during your consultation to ensure the procedure you choose is right for you.

Also, make sure the surgeon is board-certified and that the medical center is accredited. A certification from the American Board of Plastic Surgery ensures that the surgeon you’re working with has undergone written and oral exams, and also has the right amount of surgical training. Accreditation is equally important, because it exhibits that the surgical center has been inspected for safety and that all credentials are up-to-date.

Lastly, be wary of surgeons who push procedures on you that you don’t want. While it’s natural for your surgical team to discuss complementary procedures during a consultation, attempting to sway a patient to get additional surgeries on other areas of the body when they haven’t expressed interest is a red flag. In addition, a surgeon should use plain language when describing a surgery and its impact on your health. Explanations filled with jargon or medical terms will be lost on the average patient and make it much harder to make a reasonable decision as a result.