The Importance of Properly Vetting Your Surgeon

Cosmetic surgery is surgery, which does carry some risks.  If you choose a surgeon that isn’t skilled in performing a specific procedure, you may not achieve the optimal results you were hoping for. Luckily, much of this risk can be reduced by choosing the right surgeon and by properly vetting them before surgery.

How do you properly vet a surgeon before your procedure? Here are a few key things to look for:

Board Certification

Is your surgeon a board certified plastic surgeon or just a doctor doing cosmetic surgery? Board certified plastic surgeons are some of the best in the business. They have specialized training in plastic surgery and have proven their skills and knowledge through examination. Anyone can offer cosmetic surgeries, but for the best results, you want a board certified plastic surgeon. Check to see if your potential surgeons are members of the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

Another place to check is the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Only board certified plastic surgeons can join this elite group of surgeons. See if your surgeon is a member here.

Other boards and groups may sound similar, but don’t let them confuse you. These two organizations are the gold standard for plastic surgeons.

Hospital Affiliation

Many plastic surgeons perform surgeries in an out of hospital setting. This can be perfectly safe (look for an accredited surgery center), but doesn’t mean that your surgeon shouldn’t have hospital privileges as well.

Online Reviews

Online reviews can paint a picture of your surgeon you might not see by just asking questions at their office. It can give you an idea of what to expect and how former patients felt after their surgery. Remember, one bad review doesn’t mean that a surgeon shouldn’t be trusted, but a pattern of negative reviews is something you might find concerning.

Past Work

Plastic surgery is an art form and each surgeon does things a little differently. Ask to see photos of your surgeon’s past work, especially in the type of surgery you’re considering. If you like what you see, odds are good you’ll like your results. If the surgeon’s style isn’t what you’re looking for, keep looking for someone else.

Before signing up for plastic surgery, take time to learn more about your surgeon. The single most important decision you’ll make during the surgical process is choosing a surgeon, so choose wisely.

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