Choosing The Right Doctor

One of the most important decisions when considering cosmetic surgery is choosing the right doctor to perform your procedure.

A patient seeking cosmetic surgery should know that the surgeon, who has specifically trained in the procedure you are seeking, is the most qualified surgeon to perform your cosmetic surgery.

There is no one primary medical background that exclusively offers the best training for every cosmetic surgery procedure. Training and experience are the key.

You may want to ask if your surgeon is Board certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery or American Board of Cosmetic Surgery.

Qualified cosmetic surgeons will welcome your questions about their background and be pleased that you are concerned enough to ask. Here are some guidelines to assist you in selecting a qualified cosmetic surgeon:

  • First figure out what you want to improve about yourself

  • If unsure, interview a few doctors since there are different ways of performing a procedure

  • Ask about the surgeon’s experience with the procedure you are considering

  • Ask how many procedures of this kind has the surgeon performed and how many does he/she currently perform per year?

  • Look at before and after pictures and make sure that it is theirs. This may give you some indication of the surgeon’s ability.

  • Ask about previous patients that you can speak with regarding your procedure(s).

  • Ask about the anesthesia and the facility. Find out who will be administering the anesthesia and where will the procedure be performed.

  • Ask about the surgeon’s hospital privileges to perform cosmetic surgery

  • Make sure that you are comfortable with the personal rapport between you and your surgeon. In addition, you should feel at ease with the staff. You should always feel that your concerns are being addressed. Remember, cosmetic surgery is elective so take your time and make an educated decision about cosmetic surgery and the plastic or cosmetic surgeon your are going to select.

Article provided by Rancho Cucamonga Cosmetic Surgeon – Jacob Haiavy

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