How To Find a Good Plastic Surgeon

Armando Soto MD FACS

Choosing a plastic surgeon is a highly individualized experience. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to finding a plastic surgeon or practice, even if you are getting the same procedure as someone you know. A board-certified plastic surgeon can help you feel more like yourself and improve your confidence, while an unqualified surgeon can increase your chances of poor outcomes.

You should consider several criteria when searching for a surgeon to perform your procedure. I have broken down a few things to look for when starting your search.

Confirm the Plastic Surgeon Is Board Certified

One of the most important things you can do when choosing a plastic surgeon is to ensure they are board certified. You can confirm their credentials by visiting the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) website before scheduling a consultation.

Some patients believe that state medical boards are an indication that their surgeon is qualified to perform the procedures they advertise. However, state licensing does not necessarily mean that the surgeon was specially trained in that particular area of expertise. Verifying the surgeon’s ABPS board certification is a dependable way to ensure your surgeon is properly trained.

Compare Surgeons’ Aesthetic Sense

Each surgeon performs procedures with their own unique experience and aesthetic vision, and cosmetic surgery, in particular, requires a certain artistry and finesse. Even if you were recommended a surgeon or have verified their experience, it’s important to look carefully at their results for the procedure you are considering.

Before and after photos are an excellent resource for seeing other patients’ results. This is also a great opportunity to look for patients that have a similar body type to yours, so you can compare how the surgeon performed the procedure. Consistency is also a factor when viewing the before and after gallery. Ask yourself if the results look like your intended goal after surgery.

Consider The Surgeon’s Approach and Skill

Training, expertise, and medical knowledge are essential when choosing a plastic surgeon. Board certification is important, but you will also want to ensure that your surgeon has substantial experience in the subspecialty or procedure you’re considering. Consider asking the following questions when meeting with your surgeon:

  • What training and experience do you have in the surgery I’m considering?
  • How often do you perform the procedure? Daily? Weekly? Monthly? Rarely?
  • What is your patients’ complication rate for this procedure?

You may also want to ask to see further case studies, pictures, or patient testimonials.

Recognize How The Surgeon and Facility Make You Feel

Having good communication and finding a surgeon you connect with can be the difference between a good experience and a great one. Choosing a surgeon you trust is much like finding a great family doctor; it may take a few tries before you meet the one you are most comfortable with.

The surgical facility they use should also be held to a high standard. Generally, plastic surgery procedures take place outside of a hospital, so it is important to ensure that the surgical facility has high standards for safety and patient care. You can find out if the facility is accredited by a credible organization by ensuring they have at least one of the following certifications:

  • Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO)
  • Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care
  • American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF)

Finding the right plastic surgeon can be one of the most essential aspects of achieving your goals. I am happy to talk with you about your goals and my training and experience. For more information on the services I provide, request a consultation or call us at (407) 218-4550 to schedule an appointment.

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