How to Pick a Good Plastic Surgeon
Choosing a plastic surgeon depends on a number of factors particular to your case, such as the specific type of surgery you want and the expertise of the surgeon.
In any case, make sure your plastic surgeon:
> is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) ;
> practiced in the field of plastic surgery no later than three years following board certification;
> has hospital privileges for cosmetic plastic surgery;
> is a member of good standing of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery; and
> has been approved for ASAPS membership by other qualified surgeons;
With everything checking out, you can have assurance that your doctor:
> is experienced in performing cosmetic procedures;
> works in a facility that is licensed, accredited or certified by Medicare; and
> abides by a strict Code of Ethics who aim is to provide the highest standards of care to all patients, including respect for their rights.
In America, there is only one organization fully devoted to cosmetic surgery, and that is the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS).
Members of this group are well known for their cosmetic surgery skills and experience.
Before a doctor obtains plastic surgery board certification, he has to spend no less than five years in surgery training after graduating from medical school. It is crucial to note that not all doctors using the title, “plastic surgeon” has been trained in plastic surgery and certified by the ABPS.
In most states, unfortunately, any medical doctor can perform plastic surgery, no matter if they have formal surgery training or not. If you go with a doctor who is untrained in plastic surgery, the procedure may still be safe, but the visible results may disappoint you.
You need not get confused by any other official-sounding, sometimes fancy-sounding, boards and certifications. You just need to find a surgeon who is certified by the ABPS; if a doctor is ABPS-certified, that means he is fully qualified to do all kinds of plastic surgery.
Members of ASAPS have the credentials required for them to perform an entire range of cosmetic procedures. Prior to choosing a surgeon, make sure they meet all the requirements discussed above. When it comes to your health, there should be no compromises whatsoever.
As well, all else being equal, go with a surgeon you can get along with. The best way to know if you have some chemistry going with a prospect is to visit them for a consultation.
Finally, don’t think you should only focus on one prospective doctor. Consider at least two or three. It’s always wise to make comparisons as this is your only way of knowing if a doctor is the best for you.