Choosing to undergo plastic surgery is a big decision, and the next huge choice is deciding which doctor will perform your surgery. Fortunately, a lot of cosmetic surgery is elective, which means you have the luxury of taking your time and finding the right doctor for you. And plastic surgery's rise in popularity over the last decade means that you'll have plenty of physicians to choose from too.
So how do you go about finding a qualified doctor that will not only do an amazing job, but will also be a good fit for you personally? Here are five quick tips to get you started.
Every reputable plastic surgeon has a strong Internet presence. So check out doctors' websites and social media accounts to get an idea of their practice and the results that they deliver. Ideally, you can find a surgeon in your area that specializes in the type of procedure you want to have done.
Internet research is a must, but don't believe everything that you read. While patient reviews can be a great source of information, they aren't always to be trusted. In particular, be wary of reviews from anonymous posters, especially if they are overly praising or critical. Also look at before-and-after spreads with a keen eye, making sure that lighting and makeup aren't being used embellish results.
Ultimately, the best source of information is going to be people that you personally know. Have any of your friends, or friends of friends, recently gone under the knife? If so, ask them for recommendations as well as tips that can help you with your search.
When you start meeting with doctors for consultations, come prepared with questions. View this as an opportunity to audition different surgeons and see which one is up to the job. Voice any questions and concerns that you have, and make sure that the doctor has satisfactory answers. Also, make sure that he or she has experience with the procedure you want performed.
In the end, deciding on a plastic surgeon is not unlike deciding on any other kind of doctor. A lot of it comes down to instinct. You have to ask yourself: do you trust this doctor to perform your surgery? While a lot of factors go in to answering that question, you know what kind of doctor/patient relationship you need in order to feel comfortable. So take your time, talk to as many doctors as you need to and trust your gut.
Finding the right plastic surgeon can be time-consuming. Still, it's a search that's worth spending time on. It's not worth risking your appearance or your life by settling on the first doctor that shows up in an Internet search. So do your due diligence and find your perfect match.
If you or someone you know would like to learn more about plastic surgery, please feel free to schedule a consultation or contact one of our representatives today!