Plastic Surgeon – Selecting One For You

Once you make the decision to have a cosmetic procedure you need to decide on a plastic surgeon to do it. If you have already done some research about the job you are interested in, you have also probably done a little bit of research on how to pick one.
You have probably already discovered that not every plastic surgeon is the same. How good your physician is will ultimately reflect in how your surgery turns out. This is why it is worth your time and effort to find the best one you can.
Your first step is to find a professional who is a member of the ASPS. This certification means that your medical professional has at least six years of surgical training and experience and at least three years of cosmetic course of action experience.
You have probably heard horror stories about elective procedures that ended badly with poor quality results or disfigurement, and it comes out in the ensuing litigation that the physician was not qualified or certified to be performing it. All of which the unfortunate patient would have known with a little research ahead of time.
You might start finding your MD initially through referrals from friends or your family MD but do not base your decision on who to use, solely on a referral. Referrals can be tricky things. Your friend may have loved the MD who fixed her nose but if you are having a different act done it may not be that physician’s specialty. Or you may find a healthcare provider who does even better work than the expert your friend used. So do not become one of the rare horror stories by slacking in your research at this juncture.
Interview at least three potential candidates and ask to see before and after photos of their patients who have had the same procedure done that you are considering. Photos of the health professional’s work can tell you about the quality of work and help you have realistic expectations about your own results.
You should know enough about the surgery you are considering to ask some questions about the surgery itself, as well as asking some basic information. How long will the surgery take? How long is your expected recovery time? What are the complications or risk that you should be aware of? Remember cosmetic surgery is still surgery and there are risk factors that you should be made aware of. If your health overseer will not go over any potential risk with you or glosses over the issue, take it as a red flag and keep looking for a medical expert who wants you to be prepared and informed.
Ask if the doctor has hospital privileges. Even if the plastic surgeon plans to do the procedure in their own surgical unit, and not the hospital they should have hospital privileges. If not, it should be a red flag. Hospitals do through background checks on their potential doctors and if your doctor can’t operate there, you should be concerned about why.