As you explore your options for plastic surgery, you should limit your search to only the best plastic surgeons in your area. Missouri residents considering procedures such as breast augmentation or mommy makeover can rely on the St. Louis Cosmetic Surgery team to safely create exceptional results for our local patients. But if you’re starting your plastic surgery research elsewhere in the country, how can you make sure you’re finding the best plastic surgeons in your area?
In this blog post, we’ll outline a few tips for choosing a skilled and experienced provider you can trust for superior care.
When starting your research, one of the first things you should consider is a surgeon’s professional history. Choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon is always important as this reflects a surgeon’s ability to meet or exceed high standards of skill, knowledge, experience, and ethics. Certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) requires years of hands-on practice, graduation from a recognized medical school, and passing scores on rigorous written and oral exams.
As you scroll through websites and look through CVs, check for additional credentials such as:
- Memberships in professional societies
- Completion of an aesthetic surgery fellowship
- Awards and honors presented by other medical organizations
Experience in Your Procedure
While plastic surgeons can successfully perform a wide range of cosmetic procedures, it’s beneficial to work with a surgeon who has extensive demonstrated experience in your chosen surgery specifically. A few ways to assess this include:
- Browse before-and-after photo galleries to see examples of the surgeon’s previous work and check that your procedure is well represented.
- During your 1-on-1 consultation, ask how often he or she performs a given surgery and check whether it is an area of specialization.
- Ask whether your surgeon uses any advanced techniques or protocols for certain surgeries, such as a rapid recovery breast augmentation or a drainless tummy tuck.
A Personal Touch
When it comes down to it, you want your surgeon to be someone you feel comfortable with. This is someone you’ll trust not only to enhance your appearance, but also to provide support and answer questions along the way. Find someone with a good bedside manner who makes you feel heard, understood, and cared for throughout the process.
The best way to determine whether a surgeon’s personality is a good fit for you is to visit the office in person for a consultation. In addition to meeting your surgeon, you’ll also have the opportunity to get a feel for the practice as a whole, from the facilities to the support staff, and make sure it feels like the right environment for your exciting next steps.
To see examples of the plastic surgery results you can expect from St. Louis Cosmetic Surgery, visit our before-and-after photo gallery.
If you would like to learn more about finding the best plastic surgeons near you, please contact us online or call (636) 530-6161.