When you decide
you want to have a cosmetic treatment performed, the next
big decision you must make is to choose a plastic
surgeon. It is of great importance that the doctor you
pick is someone you trust, since there has been an increase
in the market these last few years and there are lots of
people who advertise cosmetic procedures.
may serve as guide for you when it comes to choose a surgeon
and we suggest you take into consideration all the evaluation
we present here for you.
you must keep in mind that you should not hesitate in asking
a doctor concerning his/her experience or training. One
can only become a certified
plastic surgeon after achieving the highest professional
standards after carrying out a post-doctoral residency program,
which includes the passing of oral and written exams. When
you come to meet the surgeon in person, ask to see his/her
diplomas, since a true certified doctor will never hesitate
to show you their credentials.
Another fact you
must consider when choosing the right doctor is reviewing
the hospital privileges he/she has. Hospitals actively review
the credentials of plastic surgeons and only allow the ones
with the highest standards to use their facilities. Therefore,
we recommend you find out if the doctor you are considering
performs the surgeries in a hospital or in their office.
If it is the latter, this does not mean that the surgeon
isn’t qualified; many good doctors prefer to perform
the operation using their own equipment. But a certified
surgeon will also have the credentials to perform the exact
same procedure at a hospital.
You must also
watch out for doctors who try to sell you an idealized version
of the results of the surgery. The surgeons who tell you
that ‘there will be no scars’, that ‘they
can make you a deal’, that your recovery period will
take no time at all or that the procedure will change your
life complete, are not to be trusted. When you choose a
doctor, you want to choose a person who is realistic and
professional, letting you know about the positive and negative
aspects of the procedure without any qualms. If they only
speak about the ‘good’ things of the surgery
and do not pay attention to any of the other aspects, then
you should reconsider your options.
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We also recommend
that you interview with as many doctors as possible, since
this will give you a greater scope of options you have.
Once you have talked to all of them, you will most likely
find that one or two of them ‘feel right’. Keep
in mind that you must choose the surgeon you feel the most
comfortable with, since there is no ‘customer guide’
for making the right choice. Only you can do that.
A good surgeon
will always ask the reason why you want to have surgery
performed and should discuss these issues openly with you.
This way, your expectations will be realistic and you will
not feel disappointed in the end. It is important that the
doctor listens to your questions and doubts and answers
them for you in an unambiguous way, so that everything is
extremely clear for you. The details of your recovery period
should be discussed openly as well and no negative aspect
should be left out if the surgeon is a certified doctor.
Any type of medical
conditions should also be discussed with your doctor and
he/she should bring them up. An experienced surgeon will
always ask you about any health issues you may have, since
this may raise the risk of complications occurring, depending
on the surgery you will have performed. He/she will also
mention any restriction on food or activities you may need
to have before the operation as well any other type of preparation.
At the same time,
choosing a highly qualified surgeon can be extremely helpful
if there are any complications during the procedure. If
this comes to happen, a person with experience and training
will know exactly what to do and will be more adept at handling
the situation. Also, a doctor who has performed many surgeries
over the years will have had the time to perfect their techniques,
guaranteeing the results. If you have doubts about this,
you should not hesitate to ask your surgeon to show you
picture of the results of his treatments; this way you will
have a visual aid to guide you.
also advise you make a list of possible candidates. You
can go around asking people you know if they recommend anyone
or ask your personal physician if there’s any certified
plastic surgeon he/she knows. Once you narrow your choices
down to 2 or 3, you can have a second meeting with them.
Most doctors will not charge you for your initial consultations,
since they want their patients to be completely comfortable
before undertaking the procedure.
* Research first.
Make sure you get as much information as possible concerning
the surgery you wish to have performed. You search online
for different details concerning the actual surgery, the
approximate recovery time and results.
* Talk to other
people who have taken the operation. This way you will have
a personal account from someone who has actually lived through
this experience and they will be able to answer any questions
concerning the procedure from a patient’s point of
a realistic perspective. Ask your surgeon if he/she thinks
if the surgery will have good results for you or what risks
it may imply. Remember that most cosmic treatments aren’t
meant to provide ‘perfection’ but are used to
enhance and improve your appearance.
Here are some questions
you might like to ask a surgeon you are considering:
- For how long have you been in the business?
- Are you board certified in your speciality?
- Do you have any hospital privileges to perform this
- How many operations of this type have your performed
throughout your career?
- How many have you performed in the past year?
- What other types of cosmetic surgery do you perform?
- Do you think I’m an appropriate candidate for
- What type of health issues can interfere with this type
- What can I do on my part to achieve the best results?
- Can you give me a list of patients you have treated
which have gone through the same surgery?
- Where will my surgery be performed?
- What does the procedure entail? Please explain it to
me in detail.
- What risks are there?
- How long will my recovery period be? Will I need special
help during this time?
- How long afterwards will I be able to return to my normal
- How long will it be before I can go back to work?
- How much will my surgery cost in total?
- If any complications arise, how will they be corrected?
- Will I be able to contact you if a need you prior to
not be afraid to talk to the surgeons you are interviewing
openly. Remember that if you wish to have the best results,
you should take into consideration all of the above and
choose the best surgeon for you individual needs.