How to Find the Right Plastic Surgeon?
So you have decided you want or need plastic surgery but have no idea on what to look for. Whether it be rhinoplasty, facelift, breast augmentation etc; it is vital to do your research in finding a surgeon who is not only qualified but one you trust. According to American Board Cosmetic Surgery in their Tips on Finding the Best Cosmetic Surgeon for you
“Your choice of cosmetic surgeon will be a choice you live with for years, if not your entire life. A successful procedure will make you feel more like yourself and give you greater confidence for years to come. On the other hand, ending up in the hands of an inexperienced surgeon increases your chances of having poor results which lead to additional costs, time, and heartache.
Finding a board certified cosmetic surgeon who has plenty of experience in your procedure of choice is critical to getting the results you desire.”
In our first part in this series, we will name the two top tips in finding the most suitable plastic surgeon for your needs.
1. Board certification
. For plastic surgery, you want a doctor who’s certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. It’s simple: The American Board of Medical Specialties’ Web site will tell you if a doctor is board-certified in plastic surgery.
Why is it so important to have a board-certified surgeon? Because legally any doctor is permitted to do any procedure — a psychiatrist could do a breast augmentation. If you use a board-certified plastic surgeon, you know he or she has completed three to five years of training in general surgery and a minimum of two to three years of training in plastic surgery, plus they have to take written and oral tests, according to Dr. Jim Stuzin, chairman-elect of the American Board of Plastic Surgery and assistant clinical professor at the University of Miami.
Board-certified plastic surgeons also must do continuing medical education and take a written test every 10 years.
Dr. Lee at VIP Plastic Surgery Center is certified and a member of the prominent American Society of Plastic Surgery (ASPS), American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS), International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ISAPS), Korean Association of Plastic Surgeons (Academic Commissioner), Korean Rhinoplasty Society etc.
You now know the importance of specialization and board certification in cosmetic surgery, but cosmetic surgeons can have subspecialties within this field. This is because each area of cosmetic surgery requires different skills: you can imagine how operating on a nose with bone, cartilage, and breathing passages would be quite different from operating on a breast, which is primarily comprised of soft and glandular tissue.
So to find the right doctor, first, you need to choose a board certified cosmetic surgeon. Second, be sure the cosmetic surgeon has plenty of experience in the specific procedure you plan to have.
Key questions to ask your potential cosmetic surgeon:
· How did you train in the procedure I am considering?
· For how long have you been performing this procedure?
· How many times have you performed this type of procedure?
VIP specializes in various procedures and surgeries but most notably revision rhinoplasty. Since this procedure is a difficult surgery, the skill and experience of the surgeon is of utmost importance.
In our next post, we will continue with other tips in finding the perfect surgeon for you. For more questions or to book a consultation, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Check out our “Top Tips For Finding the Right Plastic Surgeon – Part 2”