We are often bombarded with TV and radio advertisements and now-a-days, social media marketing schemes with companies vying for 1st position and best placement so that you, as the consumer, will constantly see their brand and develop a sense of familiarity and comfort. Those “feel good” ads tend to grab our attention and hang on the purse strings of our emotions. It’s not a bad thing; this is just the face of marketing in today’s world.
When it comes down to choosing a plastic surgeon, it is not good enough to just have a “good feeling” about the doctor, you need to know the facts. Here are some important tips that will help to ensure you have a great surgical experience and the proper cosmetic result:
- Get a referral: Ask your primary care physician (or if you are female, your Gynecologist) who they would refer their family and friends to.
- Make sure you choose a board certified plastic surgeon. Any physician that performs a Restylane Injection, liposuction, or a breast augmentation is not necessarily a board certified plastic surgeon. They might be of another specialty or maybe board eligible. Check with The American Board of Plastic Surgery to verify you have a board certified plastic surgeon at www.abplsurg.org or call 215-587-9322. You can also check with The American Society of Plastic Surgeons at www.plasticsurgery.org.
- If you are not shy about seeking out a great plastic surgeon, start talking about the subject among trusted and respected family members and friends and see whose name comes up. You might be surprised how many good referrals you might get.
- Check online yelp reviews. Most likely the writers of these reviews are patients that have already had an experience with the doctor and staff.
- It is not a bad idea to do at least 2 consultations and check out more than one plastic surgeon before making your decision.
In the end, you want to choose a Plastic Surgeon that is ethical, honest, caring and most important – experienced and skilled in the operating room. For some procedures, you may only have one chance to get it right, so experience, above all, matters.
Dr. Joseph Togba is a contributor to this blog.