How to Choose a Plastic Surgeon
Are You Choosing A Qualified Plastic Surgeon?
The Plastic Surgery Group doctors and staff realize choosing to have plastic surgery is a very difficult decision to make. It not only effects you, but also those you love. That’s why choosing the right plastic surgeon is more important than ever. Any licensed physician can call himself/herself a cosmetic surgeon. You should expect more than that. You deserve it.
Some things to find out before making a decision:
- Is your plastic surgeon Board Certified? Why is this important?
To learn if the plastic surgeon you are considering is Board Certified, you can visit the American Board of Medical Specialties website at www.abms.org and click on “Is Your Doctor Board Certified”.
This is important to know because by choosing a plastic surgeon who is certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery, Inc., you can be assured that the doctor has graduated from an accredited medical school and has completed at least 5 years of additional training as a resident surgeon in a programaccredited by the Accreditation Council for Medical Education. If your plastic surgeon is certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery, you can be confident in knowing he/she has devoted at least 2-years residency entirely to plastic surgery. He/she has also been required to pass comprehensive written and oral exams to become certified.
- Why is The American Board of Plastic Surgery so important? There are other plastic surgery boards too.
Sure. There are many different Boards for plastic surgeons to be certified by, but The American Board of Plastic Surgery is the only one recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties that certifies in the full spectrum of plastic surgery. Meaning, plastic and reconstructive surgery of the head, neck, trunk and extremities.
- Does the plastic surgeon you’re considering have any problems, lawsuits,or complaints lodged against him/her?
You can certainly find out. The status of a physician’s license can be found on the state medical licensing board website, www.fsmb.org, under “doctor lookup” or “license verification.”
- Is the plastic surgeon you’re considering someone you feel comfortable asking questions and discussing concerns with?
It is so important that you feel comfortable with your plastic surgeon. This is a an elective procedure you’ve decided to have because something about your physical appearance is making you unhappy or discontented. These are feeling and concerns you should feel comfortable discussing with your plastic surgeon. Open communication throughout this experience will make all the difference in your being confident and satisfied with your choices in the end.
Here are some question you might ask yourself and the plastic surgeon during your first consultation and before scheduling surgery.
- Is the doctor Board Certified and is that specialty area appropriate to the procedure you are considering?
- How many of this type of procedure has he/she performed?
- Is there after hours communications with my surgeon or a nurse in case there are problems after surgery?
- Do you feel comfortable with the staff? The doctors, the nurse, the patient coordinators, etc.?
- Where do they perform surgeries? And are those facilities accredited?