When you are considering the prospect of having some cosmetic surgery performed, there are a number of things to think about. Of course finding a state board certified physician is a must, but is this the only qualification you need to check into?
Even more compelling would be knowing how much experience a surgeon has performing the specific type of cosmetic procedure that you are interested in. Doctors can advertise that they are able to do various procedures, but that doesn’t mean they ever have.
It would be like going to your family doctor and asking them to perform brain surgery. Probably not the best scenario for your situation.
The government doesn’t require a doctor to be specifically trained in the types of surgeries they offer. Wouldn’t you rather consult with a surgeon who does a similar surgery every day?
This post discusses the importance of researching your physician choice ahead of time:
Tips for Choosing a Cosmetic Surgeon | American Board of Cosmetic Surgery
You now know the importance of specialization and board certification in cosmetic surgery, but cosmetic surgeons can have subspecialties within this field. This is because each area of cosmetic surgery requires different skills: you can imagine how operating on a nose with bone, cartilage, and breathing passages would be quite different from operating on a breast, which is primarily comprised of soft and glandular tissue.
Read the full post here: Tips for Choosing a Cosmetic Surgeon | American Board of Cosmetic Surgery
The necessary qualifications depend on the type of procedure you are interested in. For example, there are doctors who are trained in non-surgical techniques that still go by the title of “plastic surgeon.”
One difference between this type of training and a board certified surgeon is that the former can only perform procedures in their office, whereas the latter has the option to perform their work in an accredited hospital.
Doing research and asking questions is the first step. Learn more about your doctor and the facility by checking review sites and researching where the doctor’s training was completed.
Find out about potential complications, recovery time, and how to prepare for your surgery. Don’t be afraid to ask the doctor you are considering if he has photos of former patients or even to speak with them about their experience.
In this video, the female host is interviewing the plastic surgeon. It is somewhat humorous but makes some good points:
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), it is more than just finding a popular surgeon in your area. Finding one you can trust and feel comfortable knowing that they have your best interests in mind will make a world of difference.
ASPS member surgeons have to meet high levels of specifications to be part of the organization. To assure your safety and optimal outcome, they must meet the follow requirements:
Choose a plastic surgeon you can trust | Patient Safety | ASPS
- Has completed at least five years of surgical training with a minimum of two years in plastic surgery.
- Is trained and experienced in all plastic surgery procedures, including breast, body, face and reconstruction.
- Operates only in accredited medical facilities
- Adheres to a strict code of ethics.
- Fulfills continuing medical education requirements, including standards and innovations in patient safety.
- Is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery® (ABPS) or in Canada by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada®.
Learn more here: Choose a plastic surgeon you can trust | Patient Safety | ASPS
You want to be assertive when finding the best surgeon for your cosmetic procedure. You can’t be shy and worry about asking dumb questions.
You are paying for the surgery with your own money, so If the doctor makes you feel apprehensive, choose a different facility.