If you are considering cosmetic surgery, one of the most important decisions you can make is selecting your surgeon. As with any medical care, the provider you choose can make or break your experience. A highly qualified plastic surgeon can ensure that you achieve the results you are looking for with a positive, seamless experience. On the other hand, the incorrect choice can lead to disappointing results and even health risks that you may have to live with for a long time.
Below, you will find some questions you should ask yourself while you are shopping for the perfect plastic surgeon.
Is the surgeon board certified?
It is a common misconception that being certified by the state’s medical board is enough to ensure that a surgeon is qualified to perform whatever procedures they are advertising. It turns out, however, that the government does not require a certified surgeon to be specifically trained in the procedures they offer. This can be particularly problematic in the field of cosmetic surgery, as some general surgeons will leave their field in pursuit of the higher salaries available in this one.
If you want to be certain that your surgeon is properly trained and experienced in cosmetic surgery, ask if the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery (ABCS) certifies them. This way you will know that your plastic surgeon was trained to be a plastic surgeon.
Does the surgeon have experience with my specific procedure?
Once you have confirmed that your plastic surgeon has the training and certification they need, it is time to dig a little deeper. The field of cosmetic surgery is a broad one, and different procedures require different expertise. You can understand how working with bone and cartilage in the nose would be quite different than working with soft tissue in the breast. Depending on your goals, it is important to seek out a surgeon who has documented experience performing the specific procedure you are looking for.
Do Me and the Surgeon share the same aesthetic sense?
They say, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” and rarely is that more true than in the world of plastic surgery. Once you have thoroughly vetted your surgeon’s qualifications, it is important to consider your goals and expectations for your intended procedure. Beauty is subjective, and you want to make sure to choose a surgeon whose vision aligns with your own. Ask to see before and after photos of previous patients, and also look for patients who have qualities similar to your own. This way, you will have a good idea of how the surgeon will address your specific needs.
How do I feel when interacting with the surgeon and the staff of the practice?
Pay close attention to how you feel in the presence of not only the surgeon but also the support staff in the office. Your treatment plan will likely include numerous visits over a lengthy period of time. You want to feel comfortable with the people in the office. These are the folks that will celebrate your successes, care for you when you are recovering, and assist you in the face of any complications.
How do I feel about the operating facility?
A highly qualified and well-vetted surgeon is not the only factor in ensuring a safe and successful procedure. It is of the utmost importance to make sure that the operating facility and the anesthetist are top of the line. Find out about the operating facility’s level of accreditation, ensuring that they have the proper life support systems in case of any complications. Also, make sure that the anesthetist is either a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) or a Board Certified Anesthesiologist. These are two key components of the process that you do not want to overlook.
To find out if plastic surgery is right for you, contact us for more information or to schedule a consultation. Port City Plastic Surgery serves Charleston, Daniel Island, Mount Pleasant and Summerville, South Carolina from two locations in Charleston and Daniel Island.