What to Look for in a Plastic Surgeon

Plastic surgery involves many choices.  As the number of people seeking both traditional cosmetic plastic surgery and minimally-invasive facial rejuvenation procedures has continued to soar, advances in both surgical techniques and technology have given new patients more options than ever before.  However, the first, and perhaps most important choice that any patient has to make is the selection of a plastic surgeon that they can trust.  There are many health care providers out there performing cosmetic plastic surgery procedures, but that does not necessarily mean that they are qualified to do so.  Here are the most important factors that you should consider when choosing a plastic surgeon, in order to help ensure that you get the best possible plastic surgery results.

What to Look for in a Plastic SurgeonBoard Certification

Anyone with a medical degree can decide to call themselves a “cosmetic surgeon” and start doing a few cosmetic procedures in their particular area of expertise, but board certification in plastic surgery requires a rigorous vetting process, years of additional specialized training, and thousands of hours of hands-on experience performing highly specialized plastic surgery techniques.  Cosmetic surgery, although one important element of the comprehensive training that board certified plastic surgeons receive, is not a recognized or accredited discipline onto itself.  The American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) is the only organization recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties for certifying plastic surgeons in the United States and it works to ensure that all board-certified plastic surgeons adhere to the highest standards of patient care and safety.

Hospital Privileges

Even if your cosmetic surgical procedure is minimally invasive, or is going to be performed at an office or an ambulatory surgery center, you should still make sure that your surgeon has privileges to perform the same procedure in an acute care hospital.  Hospitals grant privileges only to those physicians that they have carefully researched and evaluated, so having these privileges is a sign that the surgeon has a proven record of success.  Moreover, in the unlikely event that complications do occur and additional plastic surgery follow up appointments are necessary, having access to a facility that is accredited by a recognized national agency, state-licensed, or Medicare certified can help ensure that issues are addressed in a timely manner and in an appropriate setting.

Experience and Documented Results

Often one of the best ways to determine the skill of a plastic surgeon is to find out how they are regarded by their peers and patients.  Look for a doctor who is a member of a number of highly-regarded professional organizations, who has published articles in peer-reviewed medical journals, and who ideally is sought out as an expert instructor in his or her field.  During your consultation, ask to look at examples of the surgeon’s previous work, specifically with the type of procedure that you are having done.  The best plastic surgeons will be more than happy to supply you with before and after plastic surgery pictures and testimonials and may even be able to put you in contact with previous patients so you can get a first-hand account about what to expect.

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