How To Choose A Plastic Surgeon
Choosing your plastic surgeon can be a complicated decision. For those of you looking for some guidance on what areas are important to consider, here are some guidelines I think may help:
- Certification. Choose a surgeon who is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. This is the only plastic surgery board recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties. Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeons and Oculoplastic Surgeons are also well-trained and qualified in their respective fields to perform plastic surgery.
- Experience. Ask how many times the surgeon has performed the procedure you’re interested in. The more experience, the better.
- Hospital Privileges. Does the physician have hospital privileges to perform the procedure? If a physician can only operate in their office or surgery center because a hospital does not recognize their training or certification in that procedure, beware.
- Reputation. A doctor’s public image and reputation is important. References can be obtained from other doctors, friends, family, social media, and online resources.
- Comfort. It is important that you are comfortable with the physician. During your consultation you can determine what his staff and office are like and how they treat you. How do they make you feel?
- Pictures of Results. It is always helpful to see pictures of results from patients who had the same procedure. Beware: unless it is confirmed that you are seeing ALL of this physician’s results, you are probably just seeing the best results.
- Relationship with Doctor. How do you get along with the doctor and his/her team? Have they answered all your questions? Do you completely understand the options and procedures? Make sure you’re comfortable asking this physician questions so you have as much information as you need.
- Your “Sixth Sense”. Sometimes there is just something that you can’t put your finger on that is saying this is or is not the right doctor. There is nothing wrong with this – you need to feel comfortable and confident in your choice!
This is a big decision and it is important to do your homework. Continue to ask questions until you are educated, excited and comfortable to move forward!Writter by Dr. John Stratis