Be sure and find a doctor who is Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. With the steady decline in insurance reimbursement rates over the last decade, more and more physicians in outside specialties are moving into the cosmetic field. These doctors present a real concern to public safety as they are practicing in a field that they were not formally trained in and have little to no experience.
The fact of the matter is that not all doctors will provide the same quality results, making it essential that you do your research before selecting a surgeon. We recommend that you start your research by taking a look at the doctor’s resume. If all is well there the next place to check is the before and after gallery on the doctor’s website.
You will want to ask yourself a few key questions as you browse the galleries. Does the doctor have many photos in the gallery? A telltale sign of experience is a vast gallery of photos on a procedure. Would you be happy with your result if you were the patient who’s before and after you are looking at? Can you find other patients in the doctor’s galleries that have similar anatomy to yours? Do you like their results? Upon selecting a physician who is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, whose results you find to be consistent and positive, the next step is to take a look around the internet to see what previous patients have to say about their experiences in the doctor’s office. You will be spending a lot of time in your physician’s office after surgery and you want to be sure to select an office with an attentive staff whose schedule runs as close to on time as possible.