Accentuate the positive, your patient experience. It is our goal that we provide you with the best patient experience possible, with a seamless experience from the time you call our office to your postoperative course and follow-up visits, and then beyond.
With the increasing popularity of cosmetic procedures, both surgical and non-invasive, it is becoming more critical that you choose your plastic surgeon with utmost care. The media, in many publications, have brought attention to the increasing number of 'cosmetic surgeons' entering the field of aesthetic plastic surgery. Many of these doctors have no formal surgical training and have started doing cosmetic procedures after going to 'weekend courses' to get knowledge and training in 'cosmetic surgery.' These doctors attempting to do aesthetic or cosmetic plastic surgery come from different specialties, such that they have been referred to as 'non-traditional specialties' doing cosmetic surgery. Educated and discerning patients often realize that 'cosmetic surgeries,' if done properly, are complex and precise procedures that will affect them and their lives for years to come.
The training involved in becoming a board-certified plastic surgeon is lengthy and rigorous. It involves 4 years of medical school, three to five years of general surgery residency, then two or three years of specialized training in plastic surgery. On occasion, further sub-specialization in aesthetic or cosmetic plastic surgery is taken. Surgical technique, and more importantly, mature surgical judgment is developed in this extensive training. Certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery is only granted after an individual has been in practice for a few years and after passing a series of exams, both written and oral, as well as having his/her surgical case load reviewed. Be sure that your plastic surgeon is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, the only certifying board recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties. Note also that there are several "boards" that appear to be similar, but they do not necessarily require the extensive training and education. You can check on your surgeon's certification and qualifications at the following links:
As a professional, membership in the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery is by invitation, and it reflects the individual physician's focus on cosmetic surgery and commitment to continued education and clinical excellence in cosmetic surgery.
The decision to undergo cosmetic surgery is a very personal and important one.
Make sure that your surgeon is properly qualified to perform the procedure that you are contemplating. Make sure also that your surgeon has privileges at a nearby hospital to do the procedure that you are interested in, even though the planned procedure is an office-based procedure. Based on what our patients have told us, it is important that you have a thorough discussion with your surgeon on your expectations, the procedural details, the alternative options and the risk profile. When reviewing 'before and after cosmetic surgery' pictures, make sure that it is your surgeon who did those procedures and that you are not being shown pictures from a company brochure. It is important that you establish a personal rapport with your surgeon and his cosmetic surgery team; that you have confidence in your cosmetic surgeon. It is important that you be given an honest evaluation and assessment of your needs and a realistic ability on meeting your expectations. Remember, it is your face and/or body… and beauty is in the hands of your surgeon.