Who's Performing Your Plastic Surgery?

It’s a big decision to have plastic surgery. If you are like most people, you have been thinking about this for quite some time. You’ve made the decision to have plastic surgery. Whether it’s a breast augmentation, face lift, tummy tuck or any of the other various cosmetic procedures, it’s important to choose the right plastic surgeon.

This is one of the most important decisions you can make. Your outcome depends greatly on the skill and thoroughness of your surgeon. And your overall experience depends on the quality of your surgeon’s office staff.

Make Sure the Surgeon is Board-Certified for Plastic Surgery. For plastic surgery, you want a doctor who's certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. It takes just a few mouse clicks to verify a surgeon's credentials online. The American Board of Medical Specialties' Web site will tell you if a doctor is board-certified in plastic surgery. You can also visit the American Society of Plastic Surgeons to check credentials.

Why is it so important to have a board-certified surgeon? Because legally any doctor is permitted to do any procedure -- a psychiatrist could do a breast augmentation. If you use a board-certified plastic surgeon, you know he or she has completed three to five years of training in general surgery and a minimum of two to three years of training in plastic surgery, plus they have to take written and oral tests. Board-certified plastic surgeons also have to do continuing medical education and take a written test every 10 years.

Check the Plastic Surgeon’s Record, Reviews and Examples. The internet is your friend. Look at examples the plastic surgeon has posted on their website of before and after of procedures you are considering. If they have examples of the cosmetic procedure you’re considering, you can put that doctor on your list of possibilities. During your consultation, you can ask them for photos of their past works. Very experienced surgeons with meticulous surgical technique and natural looking outcomes will have photographic evidence of their work. Patients should be able to view many photos of the surgery of interest, photographed from three different perspectives all with similar lighting, distance from the camera and cropping.

In addition to seeing examples, look through the doctor’s website to see if they post testimonials. A good, reputable plastic surgeon should have multiple reviews from recent to a few years back. There are many websites that allow for reviews of doctors, such as www.realpatientratings.com.

Ask Questions! There are no stupid questions when you're about to alter yourself in some major way. You can ask to see the surgical suite, ask questions about anesthesia, surgical team, even about the office staff.

Be confident enough to ask some `difficult' questions too. Feel empowered to ask any physician questions like: What are your complication and reoperation rates for this procedure? Have you ever been disciplined by a state medical board? A competent and qualified surgeon should never be offended by these type of questions. It’s imperative that you do your “due diligence.”

If you’re reading this blog, Dr. Magassy is on your “short list” of possible plastic surgeons to perform your cosmetic procedure. Call to schedule your consultation to speak personally with Dr. Magassy. His private surgical suite is conveniently located in McLean, VA for patients in Northern Virginia and Washington DC.

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