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My Advice for Choosing a Plastic Surgeon

Choosing a plastic surgeon can be a daunting and confusing experience. The most important aspect, however, is that you feel he or she has your best interests in mind. Having a high level of comfort with your plastic surgeon and their office staff is essential prior to any major decision on having a surgery or procedure performed.

Not including medical school, well-trained plastic surgeons spend close to a decade undergoing intensive surgical training, studying to learn and refine their techniques. Finding an American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) board-certified plastic surgeon is the most important indicator of his or her training and credentials. Becoming board certified in plastic surgery is the culmination of many years of training that includes multiple peer-reviewed exams as well as data collection from the surgeon’s practice to assure the public that he or she is a safe and competent surgeon. Always look for the board-certified designation when searching for the right plastic surgeon for you.

Having a surgeon with extra training and special interest in the procedure that pertains to you is very important as well. Prior to your consultation, do your homework. A surgeon’s website and curriculum vitae will often times clue you into his or her surgical interests and to those surgeries in which he or she has had extra training. Ask around, especially if you know someone in the surgical/hospital community. They may be able to advise you on your surgeon’s reputation.

At your consultation, don’t be shy. Ask questions! Surgeons who are comfortable in their own knowledge and abilities will not be offended by questions. In fact, they will take them as a sign of your level of interest. Consultations are a time for the surgeon to help educate you about the surgery or procedure in which you are inquiring. Use this time to your advantage.

For additional advice about what questions to ask your plastic surgeon, please check out my next blog post for some tips and suggestions.

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American Society of Plastic Surgeons

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