How to Choose the Best Plastic Surgeon

SamanthaOlivier By SamanthaOlivier, 27th Sep 2016 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/2poyjt6j/
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Learn what you need to be aware of before you choose a plastic surgeon.

Introduction

Regardless of your reason for deciding to go under the knife, the results of the surgery are something you will have to live with for years, and maybe even for a lifetime. Out of all the factors that can influence surgery outcome, the surgeon performing the procedure is the most decisive one. This makes the choice of plastic surgeon one of the most important decisions after you have decided to have the surgery. An inexperienced surgeon without proper certification could increase your chances of having poor results which leads to disappointment, additional costs, wasted time and heartache. Here are some tips that will help you avoid such a dissatisfactory outcome.

Search for Surgeons with Board Certification

Depending on the country you have decided to undergo surgery in, the state medical boards may or may not ensure that the surgeon in question is qualified enough and specifically trained to perform the procedure. In the United States, states do not guarantee that the surgeon is trained and experienced in aesthetic surgery, for instance, so you should look for doctors certified by the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery. In Australia, the situation is quite similar, and the certification you should be looking for is the one from The Board of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery or The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

Check if the Surgeon Has a Record

With cosmetic surgery becoming a multi-billion dollar industry, and everyone wanting to have their “piece of the cake”, it is no wonder that some surgeons will be bad in what they do. Some even go that far so they end up being accused of malpractice. Normally, you can get the information about malpractice on the websites of cosmetic surgery boards.

Look for Experience in the Desired Procedure

Not everyone can be an expert in everything, especially in plastic surgery, where every procedure requires a different set of skills (e.g. operating on breasts comprised of soft and glandular tissue is very different than operating on a nose with breathing passages, cartilage and bone). This is something you can learn from the website or an interview with the surgeon. Even location plays a big role in a surgeon’s sub-specializations. Australia, for instance, is a country with a growing cosmetic surgery industry and frequently done liposuctions, breast implants, rhinoplasty, facelifts, breast reductions, etc. Therefore, deciding to do such a cosmetic surgery in Sydney and other Australian cities is a wise call.

Ask about Hospital Privileges

Not having hospital privileges is a huge red flag for a cosmetic surgeon, because in order to get those privileges, a surgeons undergo a thorough evaluation of their training and competency for specific procedures. So, regardless of the location of the clinic, make sure the surgeon has hospital privileges in an accredited facility for the considered procedure.

Have a Good Set of Questions

After you have conferred all or most of the requirements mentioned above, you are ready to actually meet your potential plastic surgeon. You should not come to the interview without having a set of question in your head. First, express your own concerns and fears, no matter how ridiculous they might sound when said out loud, and then move on to standard questions, such as the number of times the surgeon has performed the procedure in question, the type of training he/she has had, etc. Another important and often underrated factor is the emotional connection between the surgeon and the patient. If the surgeon, no matter the certification and experience, makes you feel unsafe and scared, perhaps you should continue your search. You need to feel comfortable enough with your surgeon to be able to fully disclose your medical history and habits.
Of course, you should know that surgical care does not end with the surgery. A good aesthetic surgeon will want to monitor your progress and see the final results, so ask about doctor’s policies concerning follow-ups and revisions.

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