Summary: Choosing the right surgeon to perform a cosmetic procedure is one of the most important decisions patients make during the course of their procedures. Surgeons guide the patients along the way, providing them with the information they need to make informed decisions that will ultimately deliver the final results. So, how can patients rest assured that they are choosing the right surgeon? These tips inspired by Navigate Your Beauty: Safe and Smart Plastic Surgery Solutions can help.
Experience, Expertise & Extraordinary Results
It’s important to keep in mind that not all plastic surgeons are experts in every procedure. While some surgeons might specialize in procedures for the breasts, others may specialize in face procedures. While one surgeon frequently performs breast augmentations, another one may focus on liposuction. The key is for patients to find a plastic surgeon who has ample experience and expertise performing their procedure of choice.
Moreover, a good surgeon should be well connected in his or her field. If a patient comes in with a complicated case outside a surgeon’s specialty, that physician should send the patient to a colleague who has the appropriate skill set.
It goes without saying that patients should look for surgeons who have a proven track record of extraordinary results. Typically, patients can find before-and-after pictures on a surgeon’s website or third-party sites such as RealSelf.
And last, but certainly not least, patients need to consider a surgeon’s qualifications and certifications. United States surgeons who are certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery, such as Salt Lake City plastic surgeon Dr. Brian Reuben, will have completed more specialized plastic surgery training. Canadian surgeons should be board-certified by The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
Amiable, Available & Able
The authors of Navigate Your Beauty also recommend evaluating doctors based on the “3 A’s” — amiable, available, and able. In addition to being qualified and able to perform a procedure, a good surgeon will be available throughout the entire process, from the initial consultation to the final follow-ups.
The initial consultation is a good time for patients to inquire about the doctor’s availability and current work load. Patients should ask lots of questions and get a feel for the doctor’s overall personality, as they will be working closely with their doctor for a period of time.
Caring, Compassionate & Completely Empathetic
Another important set of characteristics to look for in a doctor are the “3 C’s” — caring, compassionate, and completely empathetic. Choosing a doctor doesn’t end upon determining their experience, qualifications, and availability. It’s important that patients choose a doctor who they can trust and build a strong doctor-patient relationship with. After all, patients trust their bodies to their doctor and should feel confident that their doctor sincerely cares about their individual results.
To find Dr. Right, patients need to combine their research skills and intuition. Begin by narrowing the list down to surgeons with the proper specialties and certifications, and intuition will help with finding the perfect personality fit.