Written by Peter Samberg—a writer for Associates for Plastic Surgery;a team of qualified cosmetic surgeons serving the San Diego area.
Choosing to have plastic surgery is a very important decision. The surgeon that you select could be one of the most important decisions you will make. Obviously you need to find one that you feel comfortable working with, however, before worrying about that it’s important to evaluate that a surgeon’s education, training and experience meet or exceed national standards.
Be sure to check their background
Even with small procedures, it’s still very important to use the services of a skilled plastic surgeon. You need to have the peace of mind going into the surgery that you have done your due diligence and have checked their background thoroughly. Listed below are four very valuable resources that you should check into before even considering the services of a specific surgeon:
1. American Board of Plastic Surgery
The first thing you need to do is verify that your plastic surgeon is board certified. The American Board of Plastic Surgery is the group that certifies surgeons that meet education and training requirements. To do so, they must pass a written and oral test. Surgeons are required to maintain their certification by periodically taking educational courses and getting retested.
2. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons
It is very important to verify that a plastic surgeon specializes in the specific area you wish to get done. The fact that a doctor has expertise and experience in one area does not mean they would be proficient in a different one. Both the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery have search options on their websites. This allows you to search for a specific doctor and find their specific specialty, such as facelift, liposuction, etc.
3. Federation of State Medical Boards
The Federation of State Medical Boards keeps information on a doctor’s education and if he is licensed. It also keeps track of patient complaints and disciplinary problems with the doctor. This service provides a great resource and enables you to avoid questionable practitioners that have been given restrictions within their practice.
4. Family Physician
One of the best sources for getting good referrals is your own family general practice physician. They are usually well connected in the medical community and are aware of which plastic surgeons are highly qualified and highly recommended. They are a good place to start when looking for quality referrals.
Ask good questions
Once you have verified the credentials and found a qualified surgeon it is important to ask the right kind of questions so that you can make informed decisions. Be sure to ask about possible complications. Ask if you are a good candidate for the specific procedure and why.
Advertising is not always accurate
It is easy to simply go with the first plastic surgeon that someone recommends. You need to remember that advertising and marketing is simply that, advertising and marketing. The information contained in advertisements is not always accurate. By using the four resources listed herein, on can greatly increase their changes of obtaining a qualified plastic surgeon.