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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 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 cosmetic surgery. including ear, nose, and throat doctors (also known as otolaryngologists and facial plastic surgeons), dermatologists, ophthalmologists, and gynecologists. However, 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. Without question, this is 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.

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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 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.

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 skin rejuvenation 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 facial rejuvenation has made it possible for more patients to benefit from these advances.

The best technique is selected based on:

  • Skin type
  • Skin problem
  • Area to be treated
  • Whether or not other surgical procedures are being performed
  • Anesthesia preferences
  • Available down time

Often, more than one of the three techniques will be equally successful in solving your problem.

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