When it comes to plastic surgery, a patient often has many options. However, it is important that you do your due diligence in finding a surgeon that is credible, trustworthy and certified. To ensure that you have a pleasant plastic surgery experience, here are a few red flags that you need to watch out for.

What to Watch Out For

Here are some of the most alarming things that you should avoid when looking for quality plastic surgery.

  1. The surgeon is not certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery
    This should be a clear indicator that the surgeon is not supported by the board, and therefore, should not be operating on any patients. You can verify a surgeon’s certification by visiting plasticsurgery.org.
  2. The surgeon offers discounts on procedures
    Sure, discounts sound great when it comes to clothes or jewelry, but a quality surgeon shouldn’t negotiate price when it comes to a procedure. Plastic surgery should be worth every penny, and shouldn’t be a bargain.
  3. The surgeon is trying to “up-sell” their patients
    During your consultation, your surgeon should pay attention to your wants and needs for the surgery. While they may make recommendations that would best benefit you, you should never feel like the surgeon is pressuring you to get more than you desire. A good surgeon will have your needs at the top of their mind.
  4. The surgeon isn’t present for the consultation
    If your surgeon can’t make time to meet with you for a consultation, it’s time to look elsewhere. You should never have to rely on their assistant to communicate your needs to the doctor. When a surgeon passes off the consultation to a colleague, they leave room for miscommunication and mistakes—something you should never risk in a surgical procedure.
  5. The surgeon brags about “innovative” techniques
    While innovation is key in an ever-changing industry, be wary of surgeons whose methods are less than usual. For the most part, surgeons stick to what has proven to be safe and effective. When they stray from these methods, they can be taking risks with unforeseen consequences.
  6. The surgeon has negative reviews
    Third-party credibility will tell you more than an advertisement ever will. Make sure to check the reviews of a surgeon’s past patients to ensure they have a positive history of making their patients happy. A string of bad reviews is a clear sign that you should run the other way.

Find a Surgeon You Can Trust

Beginning your journey in facial plastic surgery can be intimidating when you don’t know who to turn to or where to start. At Stallwoth Facial Plastics, you can always expect to be understood through all of your needs and requests. Dr. Stallworth strives to provide an individualized surgical plan and result based on your unique interests, gender, ethnicity, function and identity. If you are interested in a facial plastic surgery procedure suited to your specific desires, schedule a consultation with Dr. Stallworth today.