There is perhaps no bigger step for patients preparing to undergo a cosmetic surgery procedure than finding the right plastic surgeon to perform your surgery. Choosing the right person to perform your procedure can often be the difference between outstanding, long-lasting results and a less satisfactory plastic surgery experience. To help avoid any extra costs, heartache, and potential for additional corrective procedures, I have highlighted some common mistakes patients make when selecting a plastic surgeon to perform their procedure.
When it comes to selecting a plastic surgeon, never settle. It’s important to find a skilled, trustworthy, board-certified plastic surgeon with considerable experience performing your specific cosmetic procedure. Certification from the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS), as well as other organizations like the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) is a good place to begin your search.
Working With a “Cosmetic Surgeon”
Another red flag to keep in mind is working with someone who describes themselves as a “cosmetic surgeon” and not a “plastic surgeon”. The term “cosmetic surgeon” is not recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties. Legally, any licensed physician can describe themselves as a “cosmetic surgeon” and perform surgical procedures that they might not be properly trained or skilled enough to perform safely.
Seeking out the Bargain
Although cost is a reasonable concern, the truth is that in most cases, the least-costly plastic surgery procedure is the one that is performed correctly the first time. Although considerably discounted rates may be appealing, it’s important to make sure that cost-cutting won’t come at the expense of your safety or final results. My office offers financing options including Alphaeon® and CareCredit® in order to assist patients who are concerned about potential plastic surgery costs.
Assuming a Shared Sensibility with a Potential Plastic Surgeon
Before making any final decisions, you must confirm that you and your respective plastic surgeon share a similar aesthetic sensibility. What works wonders for one patient may not be what you are looking for. I recommend asking to see before-and-after plastic surgery photos of past procedures the surgeon has performed on patients with similar body types or facial features to yours to get a better idea of whether or not you are a match.
There is no need to rush when trying to select a plastic surgeon. Put in the necessary time and effort to research all of your available options. It may seem like a tedious process, but in the long run, you will not regret it. To learn more about your cosmetic surgery options or to schedule a plastic surgery consultation, please contact me, Dr. Allyson Maske, or connect with me on Facebook and Twitter for additional tips, news, and more.