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Guidelines for Picking the Right Cosmetic Surgeon

Guidelines for Picking the Right Cosmetic SurgeonCheck His Board-Certification

Board certification is the best indicator of a doctor’s training in the specialty of cosmetic surgery.  Look for certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ASPS), the only Board recognized in plastic surgery.  In Seabrook or Spendora, Weslaco or Wharton, nothing can substitute for a well-trained physician.

Check for Hospital Privileges

Before a hospital will grant operating privileges to a physician, an in-house committee will evaluate the surgeon’s training and competency in specific procedures.  Find out all you can about the surgical facility your doctor will use, and make sure it’s a quality, accredited hospital that is granting your surgeon his operating space.

Check All Reliable Sources

To find a cosmetic surgeon, you might start by asking your primary care physician for a referral.  Talk to your friends who drive for miles from Wallisville or Tomball, just to see their favorite surgeon, as well.  Reliable referral information on board-certified plastic surgeons can also be found by contacting the American Board of Plastic Surgery at www.abplsurg.org or the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery at www.surgery.org.

Check His Rapport

Patients from Rosharon, Bellaire, Sugarland, and Angleton – just to name a few places – have written excellent physician reviews, which can be found numerous places around the web.  Use these as a reference to see how satisfied others have been with a specific surgeon’s communication skills and bedside manner.  Remember, even the most experienced surgeon is not the right fit for every patient.  The ideal doctor will make you feel comfortable, candidly discuss your goals, and agree on surgical expectations.

Check His Experience

Inquire about your prospective doctor’s surgical experience, and look at before/after photos of their past work.  Ideally,he will have years of training and real world experience.  Your cosmetic surgeon should also boast hundreds of satisfied patients from distant locations such as Seattle or Boston, and close by, such as Belleville and Rosenburg.

Check Follow-up Care

Good surgical care does not end with the surgery.  Especially if you are traveling across the state to Houston from San Angelo, Montague, or Needville; follow-up still needs to be readily available.  It will assure you a safe recovery process and peace of mind, so discuss this with your doctor before scheduling a procedure.