Choosing a Surgeon
Before you decide to pursue cosmetic surgery, seek the balanced
opinion of a plastic surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic
Surgery. Obtain as much information as you can about the procedure,
discuss your questions and expectations with your surgeon and carefully
evaluate the credentials of the physician and hospital (or outpatient
surgical center) before you proceed.
This planning will help make you comfortable with your decision. Talk
to friends or family members who may have undergone similar cosmetic
surgery. If you don't have friends or family members who have undergone
similar procedures, ask your surgeon to recommend some of his or her
current or former patients who have had the same procedure you've
Talking to former or current patients also is a good idea to get a
gauge on your surgeon's personality and methods.
How Do I Choose a Qualified Surgeon for Cosmetic Surgery?
Follow these tips when making your selection:
- Board certified is often better. Select a physician who is board certified by the American Board of
Plastic Surgery. Why? This means that the physician has completed specialized
training in cosmetic surgery and has passed rigorous written and oral
examinations to earn certification.
- Experience counts. How long
has your surgeon been performing this procedure? Is he or she using the latest
technique? Has the physician obtained special training in the use of this
technique or new technology? How many procedures has the physician performed?
In general, the more experience the physician has in performing a certain
procedure, the better the results.
- Communication is crucial. Do you feel comfortable being
open with your surgeon? Have your questions been answered? Have you
been informed of possible risks, side effects and recovery time
associated with the cosmetic surgery?
Reviewed by the doctors at The Cleveland Clinic, Department of Plastic Surgery.
Last Editorial Review: 1/31/2005 7:05:10 AM
Edited by Charlotte E. Grayson, MD, Sept. 2003.
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