When looking for a plastic surgeon, you may get multiple referrals from families and friends or you may go out looking for one But whichever way, you should ensure that he or she has the right qualifications before the consultations. This article outlines the top qualities that you should look for in a plastic surgeon.
1. Board certification
The board certification of any doctor is the main indication that he or she is trained in the surgical specialty. In Canada you should look for certification by (RCSC) Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. In the USA, look for certification by (ABPS)American Board of Plastic Surgery, the only board that is recognized by (ABMS)American Board of Medical Specialties to certify doctors in plastic surgery specialty. All plastic surgeons should be board certified in their country of origin and be members off IPRAs and ISAPS.
Experienced plastic surgeons performs a wide range of surgeries of regular basis. A patient should ask about the experience of the surgeon with the procedure being considered especially if the procedure requires new technology or technique.
3. Facility Accreditation
Most plastic surgeries can be performed in a hospital, office based surgical facility and any other surgical centers. An accredited facility are more secure than hospital ambulatory surgery settings. Most of the office based surgical facilities are not accredited and should be avoided.
4. Reliable references
Asking your personal doctor for a recommendation is the best place to start. You can also get suggestions from friends and families but ensure that the surgeon is board certified.
5. Reasonable Cost
The cost of each plastic surgeon varies depending on his or her experience, the geographical location and other individual patient factors. All patients are not treated with the same technique, the length and complexity of the surgery affects the cost. Most surgical procedures are covered by insurance but one should ensure that it is reasonable by comparing it with the costs of other surgeons.
6. Follow up care
Surgical care should not end with surgery. A reliable surgeon should want to see the results of the surgery and monitor the progress of the patient. Most surgical procedures require consistent check up to maintain the results. Therefore, you should enquire about the follow up care and about any other policies in case a surgical revision is necessary.
Besides checking for the above qualities in a plastic surgeon of your choice, ensure that he or she explains to you everything about the surgery before the procedure.