Deciding who will perform your plastic surgery is an extremely important step. You need to trust more than just advertisements you see on the internet, television, or elsewhere. Serious surgery requires serious thought. Finding a plastic surgeon who can explain things to you clearly regarding anesthesia, recovery, cost, and anything else you need to know about should be high on your list if you are interested in plastic surgery.
Things to keep in mind when choosing a plastic surgeon include:
- Board certification – A board-certified plastic surgeon has the skill, training, and experience needed for a successful outcome. A board certification requires the surgeon to complete both educational and board requirements, and must be kept up to date. Look for a surgeon who is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery
- Before and after photos – Being able to actually see the results of the plastic surgeon will give you a visual idea of what to expect. You may also be able to speak to former patients who have undergone the same procedure you are interested in for any insight.
- Personality – You should be able to get along with your plastic surgeon. Being able to speak freely and comfortably around your plastic surgeon and the staff where you can discuss concerns and goals is important. You should also be able to listen to the doctor and the input they have about your procedure.
- Facility – The facility where you will have your plastic surgery should meet the requirements of the American Association for Accreditation of Ambualtory Surgery Facilities, Inc. (AAAASF). This accreditation ensures the highest standards of care you can receive.