Attributes you want to see in a plastic surgeon

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Dr. Jude LaBarbera, MD Plastic Surgeon


Attributes you want to see in a plastic surgeon

Plastic surgery is becoming more and more popular as millions of Americans are turning to cosmetic procedures in order to enhance their appearance. There are dozens of procedures that patients can choose from based on their specific needs. Choosing the right Mesa cosmetic surgeon can also help make sure that you get the best possible outcome. In this blog post, we look at 6 important attributes that a good plastic surgeon should have.

Board Certification

Board certification is the best way to tell that a doctor is trained in a specific area of medicine or surgery. In the US, look for doctors who have been certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. This is the only board that is recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). Keep in mind that any medical professional – including general doctors and dermatologists – are allowed to refer to themselves as cosmetic surgeons. This is so even if they do not necessarily have the training or expertise needed to be certified Plastic Surgeons. Membership with professional organizations such as the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) is another important indicator of a surgeon who is committed to excelling in their field.

Variety of procedures

Seasoned plastic surgeons typically do not specialize in just one area. In fact, they are able to offer a wide range of both surgical and non-surgical options that patients can choose from. This may include popular cosmetic procedures such as eyelid surgery and nose reshaping to minimally invasive treatments such as BOTOX and dermal fillers. When a plastic surgeon has numerous options on the table, they can easily recommend the best possible choice based on your unique treatment needs.

Extensive experience

The right plastic surgeon should have many years of experience in the specific procedure that you are interested in. Keep in mind that surgeons who have many years of experience performing both surgical and non-invasive treatments are better equipped to overcome complex problems, find solutions and apply their finely-tuned expertise.

Focus on safety

Safety is one of the key concerns that patients have before they choose to have plastic surgery. You can start to guarantee that you are in safe hands by first choosing to work with a surgeon who is accredited by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. A skilled surgeon should be able to explain clearly to you why safety is important to you and how they will make sure that your procedure goes smoothly. It is important that the surgeon, the anesthesiologist, and the nurses who work in the hospital environment are all part of the team that is committed to ensuring your safety. They should have appropriate training and be certified by relevant regulatory bodies.

Good customer service

Being able to provide satisfactory service is crucial not just in plastic surgery but in many other businesses as well. Nobody wants to be handled by people who are unhelpful and who do not care about your experience. This is important not only during the surgery but also in recovery. Your surgeon should be available throughout the healing period to answer your questions and offer the help that you need.

Honesty and integrity

Good customer service ratings show that a surgeon is competent and provides excellent patient care. But that’s not where the story ends. Attributes such as honesty and integrity are crucial. A trustworthy surgeon will only recommend a treatment if they believe they have the skill to deliver a great result.

Reasonable cost

Plastic surgery can be very expensive. This is exacerbated by the fact that health insurers typically do not pay for these treatments. You need to work with a plastic surgeon who has reasonable pricing. But also keep in mind that when it comes to plastic surgery, you get what you pay for. Do not base your decision solely on the cost of your procedure. Costs can vary based on many factors, such as geographic location, surgeon experience and skill (or lack thereof), and individual patient factors. The length and complexity of the procedure can also affect the cost of the procedure. If the deal sounds too good to be true, then maybe it is.

Good patient reviews

Having superb patient reviews shows that a plastic surgeon is really good. Before you choose a plastic surgeon for your treatment, read what others have said about them on sites such as Google Reviews and Yelp. Testimonials are helpful, as they provide useful information about a surgeon’s ability to perform a particular procedure well along with how they handle their patients after the surgery.