The American Society of Plastic Surgeons isn’t just the world’s largest plastic surgery specialty organization – it’s also a great way for patients to learn about exploring plastic surgery for the first time. Never short of tips or pointers, the ASPS covers several important topics for first-time patients. One of those is choosing the right plastic surgeon.Borrowing from the ASPS, here are 5 Important Tips for Choosing the Right Plastic Surgeon
– along with our thoughts on the matter!Look for a physician who …
- “Has been trained in the procedure(s) under consideration.” This tip highlights the importance of choosing a qualified cosmetic surgeon. While the task may seem daunting, here’s one tip that should help you breathe easier: only consult with a board certified plastic surgeon. These doctors have demonstrated plastic surgery knowledge and experience above and beyond regular medical school.
- “Will explain the procedure(s) thoroughly.” During your plastic surgery consultation, make sure you’re getting the facts. Seek a provider who is willing to take the time to explain your procedure thoroughly and completely. If you have questions, your consultation is the time to have them answered.
- “Has performed the operation many times.” Like any other profession, experience means everything. Make sure your provider has performed your procedure many times. If you want to get a sense of her past work, be sure to ask for photographs of past work.
- “Outlines the risks as well as the benefits.” Despite how it’s often portrayed in the media, plastic surgery is, in fact, surgery. With that comes a certain degree of risk. Make sure your physician is explaining not only the potential benefits of your procedure, but the potential complications and risks as well.
- “Describes a realistic outcome, not unbelievable results.” A good plastic surgeon will keep your goals realistic. Remember, when something sounds too good to be true, it often is!
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