When considering plastic surgery, the most important decision is your surgeon. Any type of procedure can be emotionally and physically demanding. Listed below are questions that will help you select a surgeon who will meet your goals while ensuring your safety.
Is the surgeon board certified?
Certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery confirms that the surgeon is highly trained and skilled in performing all types of cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. Board certification ensures that your surgeon is properly experienced, follows a strict code of ethics, performs operations in accredited medical facilities and has continued his or her education. Learn more about ASPS Member Qualifications.
Am I comfortable?
Any type of surgery can be physically and emotionally overwhelming, which makes your comfort level with the surgeon important. The consultation experience is a good indicator of the treatment you’ll receive as a patient. The surgeon should take the time to answer all of your questions and never pressure you to make a decision. You should be able to easily communicate with your surgeon and his or her staff.
Does the surgeon understand your goals?
A surgeon needs to fully understand your desired outcome. The surgeon should carefully evaluate your current condition and take the time to understand your goals. Reviewing before and after pictures can show you what the surgeon was able to deliver for past patients.
What hospital privileges does the surgeon have?
Hospitals expose themselves to additional liability by granting a surgeon permission to operate in their surgery center. Hospitals will only grant a surgeon access if he or she has received proper training and certification. Even if your procedure isn’t performed in a hospital, it’s a comfort knowing that the surgeon can care for you at a hospital should a rare complication occur.
For more information about how to select your surgeon, visit the American Society of Plastic Surgeons’ Resource Center.