How to tell you found the right doctor for your surgery?

How to tell you found the right doctor for your surgery

 

With so many options available nowadays for cosmetic procedures, it can be difficult to know when you have found the right procedure that would best suit your needs or the person to perform it. Many patients end up with unwelcoming or botched results and even permanent damage due to the fact that they have allowed the wrong person to work on their appearance.

While it can be tempting to want to try all sorts of procedures that can be performed in your living room or even during a party, it is important to understand that it is only a board-certified plastic surgeon that can help you achieve the results you desire with minimal risks involved. Choosing someone with no credentials or accreditation to perform procedures on your body can leave you suffering both physically and emotionally. There is no shortage of cases in the media when patients make the wrong decision and let people who are not certified to perform certain procedures and mess with their physical appearance. 

So, how to tell if you’ve found the right doctor for your surgery? Before anything else, you should look for a board-certified plastic surgeon. This is the first criteria that you should pay attention to. The second thing you should look at is his or her experience. There is no doubt about the fact that an experienced plastic surgeon who plays out the procedure routinely can help you avoid complications and achieve better results.

Many patients come to my office and ask me how many revision surgeries will be necessary before they achieve the results they are after. Generally speaking, one procedure should be enough to achieve the patient’s aesthetic goals, if they are realistic. Revision surgery is needed when the initial procedure doesn’t deliver the expected results, or the patient wants even more improvement in her appearance. It is true that in some cases, more procedures will be necessary to get the appearance the patient is after, but undergoing four or more breast enhancement procedures in the course of a few years is certainly not okay, and it means there is a problem.

Aside from professional competency and experience, there is another factor that can tell you that you have found the right doctor for the surgery, and this is the ability to connect. It is important to be able to form a relationship with your plastic surgeon as you will need to see him a few more times during the first year post-op. Plastic surgery is not only about the operation, but it is also about the recovery process that the plastic surgeon will monitor and enhance the results even after the procedure. The right doctor will help you understand the dos and don’ts of the procedure and also how to better prepare and what to do after the surgery is performed. 

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