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BECOMING INFORMED

Choosing Your Surgeon

Several important factors should be considered when choosing a surgeon, including the doctor’s personality, recommendations from friends, physician training and board certification, and experience.

Personality: It is important to develop a good relationship with your surgeon so that communication is easy and trust can be developed. You should feel intuitively that you are in good hands. Bedside manner is important.

Referral from Friends: Many prospective patients find confidence if they have a close friend or other trusted individual who has already undergone a successful procedure by a certain doctor. This is often a good first step in making a decision. In fact, most of our patients are referred to us by a friend who was very satisfied with their results.

Training and Certification: In years past, only plastic surgeons performed facelifts. However, in recent years doctors from many different specialties are more commonly performing cosmetic surgery procedures, including ear, nose, and throat doctors (also known as otolaryngologists and facial plastic surgeons), dermatologists, ophthalmologists, and gynecologists. However, only a surgeon who has been certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery has received the necessary training to perform cosmetic surgery. There are many boards, and it is easy for patients to become confused or assume that when a doctor says they are “board certified,” it all means the same thing. BE CAREFUL! Learn more about the significance of board certification here.

Experience: Finally, consider the physician's experience—the most important factor in making a decision. As with all professions, expertise is directly proportional to experience, meaning the total number of procedures performed. Medical literature illustrates that biggest predictor of success in surgery is volume, in other words, the number of times that a doctor has performed a procedure.

If the doctor is recommending a specific procedure, how many has he performed? Also, how often does he do this procedure?

While board certifications and training are important, a surgeon's experience with the procedure itself is more important. Don't hesitate to ask pointed questions about recommended procedures.

For more information about our face lift or neck lift procedure, please contact us online or call us at We look forward to helping you look your best.

THE CONSULTATION

To ensure the most natural-looking results, it's imperative for a surgeon to recommend the procedure that most appropriately matches your needs and offer realistic expectations for post-surgery outcomes. When you meet with a surgeon, you should expect a full discussion of the surgically appropriate options for your face, which is uniquely yours.

In our experience, we have found that most patients are pretty satisfied with how they look—they’re just not happy with the changes to their features that have been caused by age. Patients don’t want to alter the nature of their face; rather they desire to look fresher and younger. In other words, they want to “turn back the clock”. Many patients comment that they look older than they feel, but are wary of cosmetic surgery, especially if they've seen poor outcomes in others. We often hear, “I don’t want to look funny, weird, or pulled.”

A good surgeon will go through a series of examinations and observations that are individual and dependent upon your specific situation and goals. Also factored into this process are the doctor's expertise, training, and experience. If a surgeon specializes in a particular type of facelift procedure, don't be surprised if it is recommended over other options. Be wary of the “one-size-fits-all” approach.

This is particularly important because, as medicine continues to advance, patients have more options made available to them. The availability and affordability of options in facelift procedures has made it possible for more people to benefit from facial rejuvenation surgery. However, it has also led to many misconceptions in the general public.

The success of your facelift depends very much on your complete candidness during your consultation. We will ask you questions about your health, desires, and lifestyle.

Be prepared to discuss:

  • Why you want the surgery, your expectations, and desired outcome
  • The options available to you for a facelift and facial rejuvenation
  • Medical conditions, drug allergies, and medical treatments
  • Use of current medications, vitamins, herbal supplements, alcohol, tobacco, and drugs
  • Previous surgeries

We may also:

  • Examine and measure your face.
  • Take digital photographs for computer imaging
  • Discuss your options and recommend a course of treatment
  • Discuss likely outcomes of a facelift and any risks or potential complications
  • Discuss the anesthesia options available

Other procedures can further enhance the outcome of a facelift. They include:

  • Facial implants
  • Soft tissue augmentation to re-contour the facial structure
  • Resurfacing techniques to improve the tone and texture of facial skin
  • Wrinkle reduction through injection
  • Shortening of the upper lip

QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR SURGEON

  • Are you certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery?
  • Were you trained specifically in the field of plastic surgery?
  • How many years of plastic surgery training have you had?
  • Do you have hospital privileges to perform this procedure?
  • Is the office-based surgical facility accredited by a nationally-or state-recognized accrediting agency?
  • Am I a good candidate for a facelift?
  • What will be expected of me to get the best results?
  • Where and how will you perform my surgery?
  • How long of a recovery period can I expect, and what kind of help will I need during my recovery?
  • What are the risks and complications associated with my procedure?
  • How are complications handled?
  • How can I expect my face to look over time?
  • What are my options if I am dissatisfied with the cosmetic outcome of my facelift?

Do you have facelift before-and-after photos I can look at, and which of these results are reasonable for me to expect?

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