If you are considering cosmetic surgery, perhaps the most important decision you will make is choosing the right cosmetic surgeon because not all are equally trained or competent. Consider the following tips when researching for potential cosmetic surgeons:
Board Certification: Ensure that your doctor has graduated from an accredited medical school and ask for board certification information. By law, any medical doctor can perform virtually any medical procedure, so make sure they are a trained specialist in the surgery you need.
Experience: Once you’ve established they are a board certified surgeon in the specialty you require (such as breast augmentation or face lift), ask about their experience. Find out how many times they’ve done your type of surgery and when the most recent time was.
Consider the Cost: In most cases, you’ll be paying out of pocket for cosmetic surgery but don’t always gravitate to the surgeon who charges the least. Lower than average costs may be a reflection of an inexperienced surgeon or one who cuts corners which isn’t usually in your best interests. Shop around for pricing, but balance that against the surgeon’s experience and good record.
Trust Your Instincts: If you’ve narrowed it down to a couple of potential surgeons who seem to be equally qualified and offer similar prices, then use your instincts to make your final decision. Do they seem like a compassionate person whom you can trust?
Recognize Red Flags: If anything the surgeon does or says makes you uncomfortable, don’t choose them to perform your surgery. Some potential red flags include:
- Disrespect or refusal to answer questions
- Lack of before and after photos of previous patients
- A doctor that dismisses the risks of surgery and any possible complications
- Trying to guarantee results
- A doctor that won’t be involved in postoperative care and follow-up care
To learn more about choosing a cosmetic surgeon in Annandale, contact Anne Nickodem, M.D., at 703-560-8711 or aestheticallyyours.com.