How to Choose a Plastic Surgeon

If you’ve been doing your research prior to coming in for a consultation, you’ve probably come across one of those checklists that many of the plastic surgery advice websites seem to have. While I don’t mind those lists, there’s probably an easier way:

choose a member of ASAPS (the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery) as a first step.

Right away, you’ve automatically selected a Board-certified Plastic Surgeon with significant experience and interest in cosmetic / aesthetic plastic surgery. All members of ASAPS have been in practice for at least 5 years, must operate in accredited surgical facilities, must adhere to the ASAPS’ Code of Ethics, and have been approved by their peers. Only about one-quarter of all plastic surgeons are ASAPS members – the specialists in aesthetic (cosmetic) plastic surgery.

Then, look for a ASAPS surgeon who has an aesthetic sense that matches yours. I often use the analogy of choosing an interior decorator – if you are redecorating your home, you might get three designers to give you suggestions on how to do it. While all 3 might offer competent designs, one will match your personal tastes better than the others. That’s the one to go with. The same applies when choosing your aesthetic plastic surgeon.

Make sure your surgeon explains things well, and that his/her approach makes sense to you. Do they have lots of before and after photos for your procedure? Do the photos look the way you want to look?

Do you “bond” with the surgeon and the office staff? Do you feel comfortable there? Will they look after you, without a big hassle, should there be a complication?

If you can answer “yes” to these questions, then you’ve found your surgeon. 🙂

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