Finding the best plastic surgeon for your liposuction surgery can be a long and difficult process. It is important to research a surgeon’s training, qualifications, experience and personality, before deciding which is best to perform your surgery. Although plastic surgery costs could be a major consideration, you should not choose a surgeon based on cost alone. The process of choosing a plastic surgeon should be long, and you should consider every aspect of the surgeon before making a final decision.
Plastic Surgeon Credentials
All medical doctors can legally perform plastic surgery, but only physicians that have completed the four-year medical school requirement as well as four to eight years of residency in an accredited plastic surgery program can qualify as true plastic surgeons. The surgeon must also be certified with The American Board of Plastic Surgery or ABPS.
Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
ABPS certification verifies that the surgeon has only operated in accredited facilities, adhered to the code of ethics, and has the proper training to perform plastic surgery. However, you will have to be wary of imitators, and should always look for the seal from the American Board of Medical Specialties – ABMS and from the ABPS.
Surgeons should not have the ABPS seal without the ABMS seal, because the ABMS certification qualifies surgeons to join the ABPS.
Certified surgeons are trained in different types of plastic surgery including reconstructive procedures, burn, wound and trauma repair, tumor removal and cancer reconstruction, correction of birth defects and acquired deformities. These surgeons are also trained in hand surgery, maxillofacial and craniofacial surgery, and microsurgical reconstruction.
How to Find a Plastic Surgeon
Your General Practitioner (GP) can also help with the process of choosing a plastic surgeon. It a good idea to seek referrals from your GP, because they will know of certified surgeons, and are likely to be the best resource in the early stages of the cosmetic surgery process.
It may also be a good idea to speak to plastic surgery patients about their experience and surgeons. A referral from a former patient can help you become more secure and confident in their specific procedure. However, advice from other patients should not be taken as sound medical advice.
Choosing a plastic surgeon with a good personality is also an important factor although you will not be able to determine whether a surgeon is ideal, until you have had your first consultation.
A plastic surgeon should make you feel comfortable and welcomed. The doctor should also answer all of your questions, and you should be able to ask as many questions as possible. Qualified surgeons should also be willing to show you plastic surgery pictures and examples of their work as well as have past patients speak on their own experiences.
An honest plastic surgeon will be open to all questions, and will provide you with as much information as needed to help you reach a final decision. A good plastic surgeon will also inform you of any potential risks associated with the procedure. You, as the prospective patient, should not feel intimidated during a consultation process, and you should have as much control as the doctor has.
You should gather a list of plastic surgeons with their contact information, and the places their referrals came from. You may also find it helpful to look beyond the city where they live to find the most qualified surgeon with the best price. If you are unable to find any referrals, then you might find online plastic surgery directories a good source. Referral lines are also a good source of information, and can be help you choose the perfect plastic surgeon.
The list of surgeons should eventually be narrowed down to the top prospective surgeons with the best credentials and history. Most of the information on a plastic surgeon can be freely obtained from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons