Picking a Plastic Surgeon - What to Look for

Posted May 20, 2021
How to pick a plastic surgeon

Plastic surgery is performed to augment or enhance the look of the body in a certain area. It seems like there is a plastic surgery procedure to handle almost any changes you want to make to the body. From rhinoplasty that changes the look and functionality of the nose to a Brazilian butt lift (BBL) that gives a better contour and size to the booty to liposuction that removes fat that has proven to be stubborn to reduce, plastic surgery is able to help you achieve the look you desire. Are you interested in having plastic surgery, but you are not sure how to go about finding the best doctor to perform the procedure? Do not worry! We have put together an article just for you that shows the research steps you need to conduct in order to find a plastic surgeon with experience in performing your procedure of choice on a regular basis.

Picking a Plastic Surgeon – Check the Board-Certification of the Doctor

It is important for you to check the experience level and board-certification of the doctor you are visiting to discuss the procedure. It is imperative that you choose a doctor that is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery in the cosmetic surgery procedure that you are interested in undergoing in the future. The American Board of Plastic Surgery is the certifying board for plastic surgeons in the United States. You can search the name of the doctor right here on their website to check his, or her, board-certification with the organization.

In order to receive board-certification from the American Board of Plastic Surgery, the doctor must complete at lease six years of surgical training following medical school. In addition, the doctor will need to perform plastic surgery residency training for a minimum time period of (at least) three years. Once the training period is over, the surgeon will need to pass a comprehensive written and oral examination.

Besides all of the steps that are listed in the above paragraph, the surgeon will need to supply the board with a series of documentation about medical cases they have treated (and completed) since leaving their training. They will also need to provide proof they are billing patients in an ethical manner and that they performed follow-up services on the medical cases of their patients.

Finally, the doctor must complete a renewal examination every ten years in order to retain their board-certification status.

Picking a Plastic Surgeon – Ask to See Previous Results

One of the best methods to employ when trying to pick a plastic surgeon is asking to see examples of previous results they provided for their actual patients. The plastic surgeon should have photo examples of patients they treated in the past. Be sure and ask to see photos of a similar procedure as the one you desire the doctor to perform on your body.

The surgeon should also be able to provide you with references about their work. In addition, the doctor might be able to put you in touch with previous patients. While some patients do not want others to know they had plastic surgery, there are others that are open to discussing their experience with the doctor and are willing to answer questions you have from the perspective of the patient.

Be Prepared to Ask Plastic Surgery Questions

Once the consultation appointment is set with the plastic surgeon, you need to prepare a list of questions. Be ready to ask procedure questions and also be ready to discuss any of your concerns about the treatment. Some of the most popular questions to ask the doctor, that are relevant to the topic of plastic surgery, include:

  • Are you a board-certified doctor?
  • How long have you been board-certified?
  • What are the pros and cons of the procedure?
  • Will it require an overnight stay at the hospital?
  • What are the possible risks and complications of the surgery?
  • How long is the recovery time?
  • Will the procedure be performed in accredited hospital?
  • How many times have you performed the desired procedure?
  • When was the last time you performed this particular plastic surgery?
  • Will I need someone to drive me home after the surgery?
  • What type of final results can I expect to see?
  • How long will the results last?

If the doctor is not willing, or able, to answer any of the above questions, it is time for you to find another plastic surgeon to perform the procedure. In addition, if you are not happy or satisfied with the answers to any of these questions, it is time for you to find another doctor. There needs to be a level of trust and openness between the doctor and the patient. If you are not feeling comfortable with the doctor for any reason, you should delay having the desired plastic surgery until you find a doctor that you trust to perform the surgery. Plastic surgery should not be entered into lightly so do not rush your final decision.

- MA


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