Shopping for a Plastic Surgeon
Checking the credentials of any cosmetic surgeon you’re considering is more important than checking the credentials of just about anyone else you are going to hire. They are working with your body and your physical appearance but most importantly, they are saying that they are medically qualified to perform the procedures you need. And you need to make sure that they are. In order to do that, you need to look for two main credentials: board certification, and an affiliation with the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS.)
The first and most important credential is to make sure that any surgeon you’re considering is certified with the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS.) This certification is very important because it means that the surgeon has met very specific training, educational requirements, and has maintained professional standards as determined by the Board, who acts on behalf of the public.
There are hundreds of other plastic surgeon boards but more often than not, these boards are simply made up of groups of physicians that have come together and formed an unofficial board. They have no affiliation with the ABPS whatsoever, and in no way operate under the same strict guidelines and requirements. If you speak to any cosmetic surgeon that is not board-certified with the ABPS, thank them and find another surgeon who is.
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Another credential that’s important to look for when choosing a cosmetic surgeon is that they are a member of the ASPS. While this affiliation isn’t as critical as ensuring that the surgeon is board-certified, it is very important and does again, take a lot of the work off your shoulders. This is because any surgeon that is a member of the ASPS must:
- Complete a minimum of 5 years surgical training with at least 2 of those years dedicated to plastic surgery;
- Have both training and experience with every plastic surgery procedure
- Perform procedures exclusively in medically-accredited facilities (more on this later in the report);
- Maintain a strict code of ethics at all times;
- Meet continued-education requirements that deal with patient safety, new and innovative procedures and trends, and industry standards;
- Be board-certified.
While ensuring that a cosmetic surgeon is both board-certified and a member of the ASPS still won’t guarantee that you’re going to get the right surgeon for the job, it will set you well on your way to finding a qualified surgeon that’s at least suitable for the job. And with just a little more digging, you are going to find exactly the right one for you.
Once you’ve found a few doctors that have the credentials to back up their claims of being a good cosmetic surgeon, there are still a few major things to look for. These things, while not as major as certification or ASPS membership, they can either be good indicators of a good plastic surgeon; or they can be major warning signs.
One of the things to look for is a plastic surgeon that specializes in the field of surgery that you need. While many plastic surgeons will perform any surgery, no matter what the procedure, it’s always better to find someone that deals with your procedure day in and day out. If it’s a breast augmentation that you’re dealing with, you don’t want to go to a surgeon that specializes in laser hair treatments or liposuction to get it done. Again, it’s your body and something you might have to live with for the rest of your life. You want to make sure that the surgeon you use is extremely familiar with the procedure or procedures needed.
When speaking to different surgeons, really listen to what they’re saying. This is of course, to not only understand every aspect of the procedure, as well as the risks, but also to hear what they are trying to get you to do, or not to do. If a surgeon seems really over-eager to give you anything you want and agrees to things such as “taking off as much fat as he can,” or doing multiple procedures all at the same time, this could be a large warning sign.
Unfortunately, cosmetic surgery is a business just like any other; and some surgeons really are just in for the money. That means that the more you get done, the higher the cost and the more money they make. A good surgeon however, will have cost be one of the furthest things from their minds. They really will just want to do what’s best for you, and give you what you’re looking for without putting your health at risk.
Therefore, a good cosmetic surgeon will most likely err on the conservative side, telling you that it’s always easier to take things off than put them back on; this might result in multiple surgeries. Or that taking that much off will put your health in danger.
Another thing a good cosmetic surgeon won’t be shy about telling you are the risks involved with your procedure. Make no mistake about it: if you are going to have plastic surgery of any kind, there are going to be risks. Surgery of any kind carries risks and if the plastic surgery you need requires anesthetic, the risks are increased that much more. A good cosmetic surgeon will not only tell you about these risks, but also go over them thoroughly and carefully to make sure you understand. Again, your health is more important than anything to them. And they’re not going to gloss over things like the risks involved just to get your business.