When deciding to undergo facial plastic surgery, one of the most important steps in the process is choosing the facial plastic surgeon that is right for you. Here are some tips to help you find the right facial plastic surgeon to ensure that your procedure goes smoothly and you achieve the results you desire.
Make sure your surgeon is Board Certified
It is imperative to find a board certified facial plastic or plastic surgeon. Many doctors who lack training and board certification still perform surgery and invasive procedures. For example, many physicians practicing aesthetic medicine and aesthetic procedures may identify as “cosmetic surgeons”, yet their training may have been in specialties like emergency medicine, anesthesia, pathology, obstetrics & gynecology, or family medicine. While this is not illegal, it is deceptive to the general public. Verifying your doctor’s board certification will help ensure you are placing your trust in a surgeon who has completed rigorous training and is qualified to perform the surgery you desire.
Be certain your surgeon has extensive experience with facial plastic surgery
When it comes to your face, do not compromise! There are many plastic surgeons, all with different areas of training, interest, and expertise. Finding a surgeon that specializes in the procedure you are looking for can make the difference in your ultimate results. Trust your face to a facial plastic surgeon!
Look at their past patients’ results
Take a look at before and after pictures of the facial plastic surgeon’s work. Not only will this help you see if you like the results, but it will help you rest assured that they can perform to the standards you are expecting. If a facial plastic surgeon refuses to show you any before and after pictures, this should be a sign for you to keep looking. The quality and standardization of a surgeon’s photographs can also provide insight to their attention to detail.
Find a surgeon whose personality is right for you
The doctor-patient relationship has been long considered critical to the successful practice of medicine – for patients and physicians alike. Rapport with your surgeon can make a tremendous impact on the whole of your experience. Does your surgeon listen to your questions and concerns? Are they able to explain fully their ideas and treatment plan? Do you find them to be honest and set realistic expectations? Are they forthright with potential complications? Keeping these questions in mind can help build an impression of your surgeon during the consultation process. You should seek someone you trust and can communicate with, who will work with you to achieve realistic goals, but also provide medical guidance and support should concerns or complications arise.
The same can be said of the surgeon’s team as well. Your entire experience and ultimate outcome will be shaped by all those involved in your care. Look for a team that you are comfortable with!
- Ask questions
During and after your consultation, ensure that all of your questions have been answered. You should have a thorough understanding about all aspects of the procedure you seek. what to expect when they perform your procedure.
Examples of questions to ask when interviewing a facial plastic surgeon:
- Are you board certified?
- How long have you been practicing facial plastic surgery?
- How often do you perform this procedure?
- What is the total cost of the procedure?
- What dis included in the price of surgery?
- What are the potential risks?
- Where will the surgery take place?
- How long will it take to recover?
- What can I expect after the surgery?
Look to your surgeon’s current and former patient experiences
An important piece of information in determining whether a facial plastic surgeon is right for you is knowing that their past patients are satisfied with their surgical experience and the results of their surgery. You can look through reviews (Google, Health Grades, RealSelf, Facebook) and see what others have had to say about their experiences with your facial plastic surgeon to make sure you are choosing a professional who cares about their patients.
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