There are many different types of plastic surgery that can be used to correct problems of the face, body, and skin. No matter what procedures you are considering, it is important to find a surgeon who you feel comfortable with. You may choose to have consults with several different doctors before deciding on the right one for your needs.
Here are some qualities to look for when you meet each surgeon:
• Board certification: The American Board of Plastic Surgery is an institution that certifies surgeons who exhibit a dedicated commitment to patient care as well as necessary skills, knowledge, and education. Additional credentials are also favorable such as membership in theAmerican Academy of Cosmetic Surgery. Most surgeons will proudly advertise these qualifications, but you should also ask about them during your consultation.
• Experience: Some plastic surgeons specialize in certain procedures, so they may not be familiar with performing the surgery you want. Ask your potential doctor how many times he or she has performed a certain operation and request before and after pictures so you know what results you can expect. Your doctor should be honest about the risks of the procedure and discuss aftercare instructions thoroughly.
• Patience and compassion: A good surgeon will help you feel at ease prior to your procedure so that you are comfortable asking any questions you may have and discussing your medical history. You should not hesitate to ask about any aspect of your surgery as your doctor is the best resource for information.