What To Look for When Choosing Your Plastic Surgeon

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You are preparing for that much-desired cosmetic procedure that will give you a more aesthetic nose or a sculpted midsection. But are you investing enough time and effort in choosing the right plastic surgeon? There are many critical factors to consider when deciding who to partner with for your cosmetic surgery procedure.

At our plastic surgery practice, we understand the importance of choosing the right plastic surgeon and why it’s important to wait for an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon instead of choosing a less qualified surgeon who has immediate availability.

Here are some factors to consider when choosing your plastic surgeon.

Board Certification

The term “board certified” can be confusing. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons notes that board-certified plastic surgeons have met very demanding requirements to sit for their boards and have passed grueling written and oral examinations. Additionally, a board-certified plastic surgeon must have at least six years of surgical training and have performed thousands of cosmetic and reconstructive procedures.

You can be satisfied that a board-certified plastic surgeon will possess the necessary experience to perform your procedure safely and has been evaluated according to rigorous standards. While some cosmetic surgery procedures can be considered lower risk, you always need an experienced and skilled plastic surgeon at the helm.

Communication & Comfort Level

Just as with any other partnership, you should be at complete ease and have open lines of communication with your plastic surgeon. Choosing to have a cosmetic procedure, whether a mommy makeover or a laser skin treatment, is a serious decision. You should be able to communicate any uncertainty to your plastic surgeon and be reassured by the advice you receive.

It’s important to take your time, research extensively, and have face-to-face conversations before you pick your plastic surgeon. Here are some questions you can ask your plastic surgeon during your consultation to see if they are the right fit for you.

Testimonials & Before and After Photos

A simple way to gauge your plastic surgeon’s skills, artistry, and experience is to review former patient testimonials and before and after photos. When reviewing cosmetic surgery results, pay attention to men or women who have a similar face structure or body type so you can easily envision your results.

You should also analyze the surgeon’s results to see if they look natural and uniquely fit each patient. While many plastic surgeons can give you good results, you want to make sure they have the skill and technique to provide you with tailored results rather than boilerplate outcomes. Take a look at some of our patients’ exceptional before and after pictures.

The Surgery Team

You may have found the perfect plastic surgeon for your procedure, but you need to dive deeper and look at their surgery team. You should carefully review the credentials of the medical staff, such as registered nurses, surgical technicians, and anesthesiologists.

If possible, you should also evaluate how the team communicates with the plastic surgeon and how long they have worked alongside the plastic surgeon. Feeling comfortable with the surgery team and surgical facility helps ease your cosmetic surgery experience.

Why You Should Wait for a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon

You may be eager to have your cosmetic procedure and see your results, but this is a situation where you should proceed with caution. It can be difficult to find an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon as they may have longer wait times due to being in high demand. However, you should not choose your plastic surgeon based on convenience or pricing.

You may be put off by a board-certified plastic surgeon simply because they have longer wait times, higher pricing, or consultation fees. These factors should not be the main focus of your decision-making when choosing your surgeon. Your safety is important, so you should consider the plastic surgeon’s certifications, skills, and experience. If you have cost concerns, you can inquire about financing your procedure.

What You Should Do While You Wait

If the plastic surgeon of your choice has a long wait time before they can take on your procedure, you can use this time to prepare! Now is the time to work on your physical and emotional well-being. You should prepare your body with a nutritious diet and regular exercise.

If possible, you can also consult a therapist to make sure you are going into the procedure with realistic expectations and the right mental attitude.

There are many factors to consider when choosing the plastic surgeon that’s right for you. Board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Eric Wright, at Wright Plastic Surgery can guide you through the process and answer any questions about your cosmetic procedure. If you think you are ready to transform your body and boost your confidence, request a consultation or call us at  (501) 575-0088 to schedule an appointment.

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