Tips for Finding a Good Plastic Surgeon
The first thing you have to remember when choosing a plastic surgeon is that only doctors certified in Plastic Surgery are Plastic Surgeons. While that may sound obvious, “plastic surgery” often gets confused with “cosmetic surgery,” which is not one of the officially recognized medical specialties by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS).
No tips are foolproof when it comes to finding a good plastic surgeon, but the following can be extremely helpful:
Certification, License and Professional Background
As we have said earlier, when it comes to the performance of plastic surgery procedures, the ABMS only recognizes the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). So don’t think a stunning office or fantastic reviews make a surgeon worth considering. You can visit the ABPS website to know if they’re certified. To know if they’re licensed to practice in your state or have a good professional standing, log on to your state medical board’s website.
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) require that surgeries requiring significant anesthesia be performed only in accredited facilities. There are three providers of such accreditation in the U.S. – the American Association for the Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF), the Joint Commission, and the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, Inc. (AAAHC).
This can be your shortcut when it comes to assessing the qualifications of a certain surgeon. Hospitals only grant privileges to physicians who have passed their stringent background checks. So if a surgeon enjoys privileges from a reputable hospital, that is a very good sign.
General information about a surgeon (license, certification, professional standing, etc.), is crucial, but so are the details. On your first meeting with a prospective surgeon, ask away! How long have been performing plastic surgeries? How much experience do you have with the procedure I want? Do you have malpractice insurance? What contingency plans are in place, should there be an emergency? And so on.
A personal consultation is not only a perfect time to ask a surgeon questions. It’s also a chance to know if you get along together. Observe how the surgeon conducts himself towards you. This will tell you what to expect from them during the surgery and after.
Pictures and Client References
Spend time looking at before-and-after photos of the surgeries your prospective surgeon has performed, specifically the procedure you want for yourself. Still, you shouldn’t rely on these completely. Finally, request for client references and talk to these people about their experience with the surgeon.