If you are considering cosmetic or plastic surgery, do not overlook the importance of choosing the right physician. How do you find a good plastic surgeon? Consider the following tips:
Board-Certification – A doctor’s board-certification is the best indicator of their training in a specific medical or surgical specialty. Look for certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS), the only board recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) to certify doctors in the specialty of plastic surgery.
Compatibility – Even the most experienced surgeon is not the “right” surgeon for every patient. Any successful relationship depends on excellent communication and rapport. Patient satisfaction is enhanced when the surgeon and patient candidly discuss goals, agree on realistic expectations and plan the course of the surgical journey together.
Experience – Experienced plastic surgeons generally perform a wide range of cosmetic surgeries on a regular basis. Patients should ask about the surgeon’s experience with the particular procedure being considered.
Follow-up Care – Good surgical care does not end with the surgery. Patients should inquire about follow-up visits and about the doctor’s policies should surgical revisions be necessary.
When considering a plastic surgeon, you may want to ask some of the following questions:
- How many times have you performed the procedure?
- What other procedures do you perform?
- What is involved in the procedure? How is it performed?
- Can I see before and after photos of patients on whom you have performed this procedure?
- What are the exact breakdown of fees for this procedure?
- Are you insured for malpractice?
- How long will the procedure last?
- Where will the surgery take place?
- What are the emergency plans?
- Will post-operative medicine be necessary?
- Will there be noticeable scarring?
- What realistic result can I expect?
- What are the risks associated with this procedure?
- What are the warning signs or concerns to watch for?
A surgical consultation is a crucial step in choosing a good plastic surgeon. The consultation is an important opportunity for questions to be asked and answered. It should include a candid discussion of risks as well as benefits of the surgery. A thorough consultation also involves a review of medical history including any existing medical conditions. All these factors help the surgeon to custom-tailor the operation to best meet the needs of each patient.