Did you choose to undergo plastic surgery? If your answer is “yes,” then it’s time to solve the most critical task of finding the right plastic surgeon. Applying these simple steps will ensure you have the safest, most comfortable and successful plastic surgery experience.
Step 1: Learn about the procedure you are interested in
Before undergoing any invasive procedure, it is vitally important to learn as much as possible about the treatment of your choice. Thanks to the television, internet, and current technologies, it is effortless to learn about every medical procedure performed throughout the world. You should gain knowledge about the techniques, possible complications, and the recovery time after the procedure.
The best way to watch the operation in action is to find a surgery channel on your cable TV. If your cable provider does not offer a surgery channel, many websites allow you to watch operation videos online, free of charge. Most of the time, doctors will explain the surgeries in detail, answering to most common questions that patients ask.
Step 2: Confirm that your surgeon is board certified
Don’t assume you can depend on the state medical board certification of your surgeon to ensure he is well-trained and qualified to perform the surgery you are asking for. The sad fact is that the government does not require that surgeons accomplish specific training for each procedure they can advertise to offer.
If the lack of regulations doesn’t affect other areas of medicine, they significantly impact the field of cosmetic surgery. Due to the gap in medical laws, many doctors with general surgery training can offer cosmetic surgery procedures. It is the patients’ responsibility to gain information regarding the surgeon’s educational background.
Therefore, do not hesitate to ask the consulting surgeon if they are board-certified by the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery (ABCS), which carries both cosmetic surgeons’ education and certification processes.
Step 3: Ask about your surgeon’s experience in the procedure of your choice
When interviewing a surgeon, don’t shy to ask them about their years of experience in that specific procedure you have in mind. Also, feel free to ask him to show his work portfolio with all the before and after pictures of those procedures. A good surgeon should not have any issues with showing you his work.
Step 4: Pay attention to your feelings, aka trust your guts
When at the surgeon’s office, pay attention to the customer service of the clinic. Recognize the way the surgeon and the staff of the clinic make you feel. If you feel uncomfortable or think they are trying to sell a service, move on.
Plastic surgery is a serious deal. You must trust your surgeon and feel comfortable with his team. Take your time to interview as many surgeons as it takes to find the best doctor for your procedure.
To recap, do your homework learning about the procedure and ask the doctors about their education and experience. Finally, make sure you are confident about both the procedure and the surgeon.