On ChicagoNow.com, Dr. Jeff Weinzweig made an extensive three-part list on how to ensure you get the best possible look with your plastic and cosmetic surgery. Here are the highlights:
“‘Plastic’ Surgery: It’s a specialty, not an adjective”: Passing both written and oral examinations given by the American Board of Plastic Surgery is the only way to receive Board certification. According to Dr. Jeff, “Only surgeons certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery are actually Board-certified plastic surgeons. Only successful completion of an ACGME-accredited plastic surgery residency program allows one to call himself or herself a 'plastic surgeon' and makes one eligible to sit for their Board examinations.”
There are many kinds of doctor, and so it is important to verify the background of your doctor. A foot surgeon is not necessarily the ideal dermatologist, and vice-versa. If your surgeon says they “board certified” ask them in what and by which board.
“Trust Proven Technology”: This makes a lot of sense when you think about it. Which do you think is more reliable, the automobile that has been around for years or the latest flashy car? Says Dr. Jeff: “Too many surgeons spend too many marketing dollars promoting the 'latest and greatest' unproven technology rather than focusing on developing true expertise with proven techniques. Only true expertise can result in versatility and the ability to incorporate worthwhile technology into one's practice as well as the ability to recognize overmarketed and underdeveloped technology which is nothing more than a gimmick and will not benefit one's patients.” In other words, the techniques that have endured are the most likely to produce enduring results.
“Arriving at ‘in skin gratification’”: In other words, think realistic. An eighty-year-old woman is no longer able to look like she is twenty. Dr. Jeff suggests, “At times it is necessary to cut through the fantasy to arrive at a goal that can be realistically achieved. It is critical to promise only what can be delivered and then to deliver it.” Having a series of good conversations with your surgeon can help both you both realize the results you want and the treatment you deserve.