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Choosing a Surgeon

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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.

This introduction 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.

Firstly, 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.

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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.

We 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.

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* 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 view.

* Contact Us!Keep 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.

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BETTER LOOKS FAQ’S

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 surgery?
  • 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 this surgery?
  • What type of health issues can interfere with this type of procedure?
  • 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 activities?
  • 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 the operation?

Contact Us!Do 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.

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