When undergoing any type of surgery, it is important to find a surgeon who is certified and licensed in the type of surgery you will have. This is especially important when having plastic surgery performed, as his experience and expertise can determine the final look of the surgery. It also helps to ensure the safety of the procedure as licensed plastic surgeons are held to a stricter set of standards than those who are not licensed to perform plastic surgery.
Find a Licensed Plastic Surgeon
Visit the American Society of Plastic Surgeons website. Click on the link to choose your ASPS Plastic Surgeon. On the following page, enter the search information based on the surgeon’s name, location or specialty. All of the plastic surgeons who appear on the search page are certified by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
Make an Appointment with the Cosmetic Surgeon
Call the office and make an appointment with the chosen plastic surgeon. Most plastic surgeons will offer free consultation appointments. When meeting with the plastic surgeon, describe the results you would like to achieve and be honest about expectations. Ask the plastic surgeon about his credentials, where the procedure will be performed and about any and all involved costs. The plastic surgeon should provide before and after pictures for the same cosmetic surgery procedure being considered. Use these pictures only as a guide and realize that the best work will be shown. Do not hesitate to interview multiple plastic surgeons before making a final decision.
Ask for Plastic Surgery Patient Referrals
Request that the plastic surgeon provide contact information for previous patients. Call the patients and find out about their experience with this plastic surgeon. Be sure to ask about the recovery time and if expectations were met based on the discussions held with the cosmetic surgeon before the cosmetic surgery procedure was performed. In addition, ask others not referred by the plastic surgeon for recommendations and about their overall plastic surgery experience.
Call the State Medical Board
Check with the state medical board for the plastic surgeon’s standing with the medical board. All states maintain a list of board certified physicians. The agency also maintains a listing of the physician’s malpractice suits as well as any formal complaints that have been filed through the agency.
Conducting thorough research before choosing a plastic surgeon can help to ensure the desired surgical results. Be wary of any cosmetic surgeon who offers to do multiple extensive procedures all at once or who promises perfect results. All professional surgeons will attempt to provide realistic expectations of what the patient can expect from the cosmetic surgery procedure.