Choosing a surgeon to perform your procedure is the most important part of your decision to have plastic surgery. Choosing the right surgeon can be the crucial step that determines whether or not your procedure is successful, safe, and produces results that help you feel like the best version of you. So how do you choose a plastic surgeon?
Check Credentials & Experience
The first qualification to check is board certification. Doctors don’t have to be board certified in their specialty, but those that are have completed rigorous education and testing in order to achieve this milestone. A board-certified plastic surgeon has completed four years of college plus four years of medical school, has completed between six and eight years of combined general and plastic surgery residency training, has a valid state medical license, has submitted five case reports for past procedures performed, and must pass the written and oral American Board of Plastic Surgery exams.
Check the doctor’s experience in the procedure you are having. Ask how many years they have been performing the procedure and how many times they have performed it. Do they have any special expertise with this procedure that makes them especially qualified?
Examples of Previous Work
All plastic surgeons photograph patients before and after for their records. The photos are anonymous and do not show faces or identifying features. The surgeon or staff members will be able to show you examples of before and after photos of patients who have had the same procedure you are having so you can see the results achieved. During the consultation, ask to see photos of patients with concerns similar to yours. Are the surgeon’s results with this procedure consistently good? Would you be happy with similar results?
Will the surgeon perform the procedure at an accredited surgery facility? (This may be a hospital, outpatient surgery center, or a private surgical suite near the surgeon’s office.) Accredited facilities have a qualified anesthesiologist or anesthetist, trained support staff, and a fully equipped operating room. These facilities are audited regularly and have extensive emergency procedures in place should those needs arise.
Staff Care & Service
How does the staff treat you when you call and visit the office? Are there long periods of waiting without attention from a staff member? Are staff members courteous and polite, yet professional? The surgeon’s staff should go out of their way to make you feel comfortable and confident that you’ve chosen the right medical professional to carry out the procedure.
Doctor’s Personality & Your Comfort
When choosing a plastic surgeon, consider the doctor’s interactions with you and his staff? Do you feel comfortable asking questions of the doctor? Do you feel rushed or pressured? You will be spending a lot of time with this physician. It is crucial that you select someone you can feel at ease with—someone who takes time to answer your questions and respects your concerns.
Choosing a plastic surgeon to perform your plastic surgery procedure is an important decision, so take your time and interview several surgeons before making your decision. One of the best is board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Todd Pollock of North Dallas Plastic Surgery, who has been practicing in the Dallas area for over twenty years.