How to Choose a Plastic Surgeon Improving patient results and care
Surgery is not without any risks and it is important to feel comfortable in choosing your plastic surgeon. Being informed is an important part of your preparation in this process. Here are a few points to help guide you as you make your decision.
1. Choose a surgeon that is recognized by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) as this is the only plastic surgery board recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). Certification by the ABPS follows a rigorous process that consists of at least 3 years of training in plastic surgery, written and oral examinations, and peer reviews for safety and ethical standards.
2. Educate yourself using accurate sources of information such as the websites for the ABPS, the American Society for Plastic Surgery (ASPS), and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS). Another source of information is to ask trusted friends and physicians for recommendations.
3. Your consultation experience with your surgeon will reveal many things. You must feel comfortable with your plastic surgeon as well as with the staff. Take the time to ask all the questions you have to help achieve your goals and desires.
4. Cost of surgery should not be the determining factor for your decision to select a plastic surgeon but you should be informed about the true cost of your procedures. Many surgeons quote a fee for their services and fail to inform you of the other expenses associated with surgery. Ask your surgeon whether there are additional costs such as facility, anesthesia, or follow up visits.