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BECOMING INFORMED

Choosing Your Surgeon

Although tissue augmentation is a quick, in-office procedure that can produce a marked improvement in restoring facial fullness and a more youthful appearance, effective and safe use requires a physician, physician assistant, or registered nurse with specialized training and a thorough understanding of facial anatomy to recommend and inject an appropriate filler.

Choosing a plastic surgeon to treat your face with injectable fillers means that your treatment will be performed by someone who not only has training in injection therapy, but in all types of non-surgical and surgical facial rejuvenation.

For more information about our soft tissue augmentation, please contact us online or call us at We look forward to helping you look your best.

There are several important factors to choosing a surgeon, including recommendations from friends, personality, 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 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 friends who were very satisfied with their results. However, not all patients know someone who has had surgery.

Training and Certification: In years past, only plastic surgeons performed cosmetic surgery. However, in recent years doctors from many different specialties are more commonly performing cosmetic surgery procedures. Only a surgeon who has been certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery has received the most extensive training in 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 person 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.

THE CONSULTATION

To ensure the most natural looking results, it's imperative for a surgeon to recommend the procedure which most appropriately matches your needs and to offer realistic expectations for outcomes. When you meet with Dr. Alexander, you should expect a full discussion of the options for your face, which is unique.

A good surgeon goes through a series of examinations and observations that are individual and depend upon your specific situation and goals, but also factor in the surgeon's expertise, training and experience.

The success and safety of your procedure depends on your complete candidness during your consultation. You’ll be asked a number of questions about your health, desires and lifestyle.

Be prepared to discuss:

  • Why you want the procedure, your expectations and desired outcome
  • The options available to you for facial rejuvenation
  • Medical conditions, drug allergies and medical treatments
  • Use of current medications, vitamins, herbal supplements, alcohol, tobacco and drugs
  • Past treatment with injectable fillers, facial shaping or BOTOX® therapy or other facial rejuvenation procedures
  • 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 soft tissue fillers and any risks or potential complications

Your initial treatment will include a complete consultation. Subsequent follow-up procedures may take only a few minutes.

QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR SURGEON

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






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