3 Things to Consider Before Choosing a Plastic Surgeon

  Posted on July 11, 2013   Last updated on December 8, 2017 |   

There are a lot of people out there talking about how an individual should always do a background check on the doctor doing the operation. Sure, it’s easy to say but how exactly do you decide whether or not a doctor is or isn’t “good”?

This list should not be taken as a step-by-step procedure, however, as these are all crucial factors in the selection process.

Board Certification

Definitely, one of the things to do is to check the local listings for board-certified doctors in the area. This is very important because it means that the doctor has met the standards a certain state has set.

To obtain board-certification means a doctor must have undergone years of training and studying as well as surviving rigorous written and oral examinations as proof that the doctor truly is prepared for the different situations that will be faced.


When I say consultation, it’s not strictly going in to have a conversation with one doctor. Go around and look for the surgeon who understands you best. Believe it or not, there are doctors who will definitely jive better with their patients. When this happens, it usually ends up with better results, as the patient is able to relay exactly what he/she wants to happen to her body.

Do keep critical, however, as there are people out there who can be very charming and yet have no board certification or is currently undergoing issues because of malpractice and such.

Another reason is that speaking to the surgeon will definitely increase chances of raising red flags should the patient do thorough research before going in to see the doctor. For example, having multiple procedures done in one go will definitely increase risks. For example: the Mommy Makeover (click here for details) contains multiple procedures in one go. Some experts have already released statements about multiple procedures increasing risks. This is still, however, controlled as it also relies on the surgeon attending to the patient and the facilities and equipment used during operations.

Internet Research

As is the case with anything these days, most information can be accessed just by looking for it on the Internet. Going online, a potential patient will find listings of surgeons in the area coupled with websites that serves as a guide for arming the patient with questions for the doctor. While these things are important in research, it is probably the most important to note that a potential patient can find online the medical record of all the doctors in the area.

After sorting out all of this information, the potential patient can do a simple cross-referencing to zone in on the best doctors to visit. Really, all the information we need is right at our fingertips sometimes and this bit of information is certainly necessary should a potential patient truly want to go under the knife.

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