Choosing a plastic surgeon is an essential step in undergoing cosmetic surgery. To achieve your aesthetic objectives, it is important to choose a surgeon who is qualified, reputable, and capable of performing the necessary procedure.
At Boulder Valley Plastic Surgery, we understand the vital importance of choosing the right surgeon and facility to undergo a procedure that will help you to meet your cosmetic goals. Choosing a surgeon is more than just seeking out accreditations (although this is very important), but also about finding a place where you feel comfortable.
We’ve chosen 3 steps to helping you find the perfect surgeon and facility for your plastic surgery needs.
Step 1: Research
Researching plastic surgeons is the first step you’ll want to take to begin your journey of finding the perfect surgeon for your specific needs. There are great doctors everywhere, and you likely shouldn’t have to look past the nearest city to find someone qualified.
During your research, there are a few things to consider. First, is your potential surgeon qualified? To determine this you’ll want to research their credentials. You will need to make sure that they have both a medical degree and board certification. If they haven’t received proper training and are not accredited by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, look elsewhere.
Once you can verify their credentials, you’ll need to make sure that the facilities your potential surgeon operates at is accredited as well. You must ensure that the equipment, operating rooms, and other crucial factors are up to par. There are far too many harrowing tales about substandard facilities that result in infections and bungled operations.
Finally, if you are interested in a specific type of plastic surgery, check to see if your surgeon specializes in that particular procedure. You may find a surgeon with glowing credentials, but they might specialize in facial surgeries and you’re looking for an abdominoplasty. Be sure to choose someone who has performed a plethora of successful surgeries in your specific procedure.
Step 2: Recommendations and Referrals
Once you’ve done your research, it’s time to look for recommendations and referrals. If all goes to plan, you’ll find that they will lead you to at least one of the potential surgeons you’ve already researched.
Consult with your primary care physician to see if they can recommend a plastic surgeon who specializes in the procedure you’re considering. In many situations, primary care offices refer patients to reputable surgeons whom they know to conduct effective operations in accredited facilities.
Similarly, speak to people you know that have had successful cosmetic procedures. If they used a certain surgeon that performed exemplary work, schedule a consultation. Even if that surgeon does not specialize in your particular surgery, reputable plastic surgeons have vast connections and will undoubtedly be able to recommend someone that excels in the area of surgery you require.
Step 3: Schedule Multiple Consultations
Any truly reputable and successful plastic surgeon will offer free consultations. So, schedule a consultation with a few potential surgeons. Even if all of the doctors you are considering satisfy your qualifying requirements, it is a good idea to meet with a couple of them in person to determine which one you are most comfortable with. Plastic surgery is an intimate procedure, and you should have someone you can open up to about your goals and fears, and who you can trust to guide you through the entire process.
Choose your Doctor
Once you go through these 3 steps, you can rest assured that you are qualified and ready to make your decision. Find a doctor who is credited, who you trust, and who you are comfortable working with. Be confident that you have made the right decision, and prepare to have your goals taken care of.