Submitted by: Abigail Aaronson
Choosing a cosmetic surgery procedure may be an easy decision, but picking a cosmetic surgeon can be much more difficult. You’ll have to consider skill level, bedside manner, location, and even availability. Here are some of the most important considerations to take into account when choosing the perfect cosmetic surgeon.
1. Check Credentials
A plastic surgeon should always be board-certified, have many years of experience, specialize or have significant experience with the specific procedure you’re considering, and have gone to an accredited medical school. It’s also wise to check the cosmetic surgeon’s past history. Check for malpractice suits by doing an extensive search on the internet. Some states also release certain records to the public. See if these area available where you live.
2. Consult with Several Surgeons
When making a big decision, it is important to explore a variety of options. After narrowing down your initial research to a handful of qualified surgeons, choose three to four for an initial consultation. Many times these consultations are free or the cost will be deducted if you choose to undergo the procedure with that particular surgeon. Meeting with different cosmetic surgeons will help you compare prices, techniques, and bedside manner.
Many surgeons perform multiple procedures, but often times they specialize in a particular technique or with a specific area of the body. This does not mean that you necessarily need to choose the top cosmetic surgeon in his field, but many patients feel more comfortable choosing a surgeon that has a more limited scope of practice.
Some surgeries are more straightforward to perform than others. The average breast augmentation is generally a fairly routine cosmetic surgery while nose jobs tend to be less predictable and more individualized. Generally, the more complex of difficult the surgery, the wiser it is to choose a specialist.
4. Bedside Manner
Although credentials and skill trump the most pleasant of plastic surgeons, bedside manner is still an important factor to take into consideration. You should feel a certain level of comfort and confidence in surgeon and the care you will be receiving.
Does the surgeon answer your questions completely and honestly? Is he available if complications arise? How accessible is his office and staff? Does he take his time and not rush you during the consultation? These are all important questions to ask when making a decision.
Unless you’re particularly lucky or live in a large city, you might have to make some travel accommodations for your cosmetic surgery. Some people don’t mind traveling great distances for specialist or top doctors, while others simply can’t afford the expense.
You’ll also have to consider spending a few days at a local hotel immediately following the surgery before you’re fit enough to travel back home, as well as the possibility of having hiring a nurse to assist you or a trusted friend who can accompany you.
If travel expenses are simply out of your budget, be sure that more local options are just as desirable, or consult with your surgeon’s office to see if they can be of assistance in finding you a more affordable deal.
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