Finding a plastic surgeon that is safe, trust worthy and provides excellent service can be found by looking at their training and reputation. Looking for a plastic surgeon is similar to finding a lawyer, accountant, dentist or any other professional that will be used for a service. Their education, training, certifications, experience and practice in their field should be scrutinized before selecting a doctor.
Trying to research plastic, cosmetic and reconstructive surgeons is not always so easy. Looking through the phone books or online depicts this immediately. Many surgeons and even non surgeons call themselves cosmetic surgeons, cosmetic specialists or cosmetic surgeons that specialize in certain areas of the body. You may even come across listings that the doctors state they are certified cosmetic surgeons, but never say what they are certified in.
This has caused confusion with consumers who go to doctors and find out later that they were not a certified plastic surgeon. This is only found after the outcome of the surgery has been botched or had unfavorable results.
A plastic surgeon should have surgical skills and training, as well as be able to make surgical judgments during a procedure. Plastic surgeons should also be continuing their education and their skills even after graduating. Surgeons should attend conventions and be completing their required CME hours. The symbol of excellence should be seen which certifies that they have board certification to be a plastic surgeon.
Furthermore, when visiting a plastic surgeon for a consultation, talk with the staff and find out about their backgrounds as well. Watch the dynamics of the office and find out about their training and position within the staff as well. Find out about the coordination of care, clerical duties, nurse and technician care as well, since these can be performed by trained staff. Know where the doctor does his procedures and who will be with him.
Check into the location, the equipment used, inspections and maintenance performed there and safety within the facility. As well as making sure there is emergency equipment and medications on hand as well in case of an emergency.