What to Look for in a Plastic Surgeon

Opting to have plastic surgery is a very personal decision – one that can alter your life for the better! For this reason, choosing a plastic surgeon is a decision that should not be taken lightly. You want to feel confident that your surgeon will make you feel comfortable and get you as close as possible to your desired results.

Researching plastic surgeons may seem like a daunting task at first. But we have you covered on key qualities to look for in your plastic surgeon! Below is a list of characteristics you should look for in a plastic surgeon:

1. Board Certified or Board Eligible
One of the most important characteristics you should check for is whether or not your surgeon is Board Certified or Board Eligible by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. In order to be certified, doctors must practice rigorously all yearlong and must pass a test that confirms their knowledge in plastic surgery and in their area of specialty. Those who are Board eligible are in good standing with the American Board of Plastic Surgery but have not yet taken the required test. You can make sure to ask your surgeon if they are Board Certified during your consultation, or by searching online on the American Board of Plastic Surgery website.

2. Experience with Surgery of Interest
It is also important to understand how much experience your surgeon has with your procedure of interest. If you are considering a breast augmentation, for example, you will want to know that your surgeon has performed hundreds of successful breast augmentations with favorable results. This is also a question you can ask your surgeon during your consultation.

3. Before and After Photos
Because plastic surgery is such a personal decision, it is likely that the results you are looking for vary tremendously from the patient before you. Looking at a surgeon’s before and after photos can help determine if they will be able to give you the aesthetic you desire. Most surgeons have public Instagram accounts or websites where they display their work for interested patients to see. You can also call ahead of your consultation and ask if your surgeon can provide you with some before and after photos to view during your visit.

4. Good Bedside Manner
Lastly, patients should consider whether or not they “click” with their surgeon. Having any plastic surgery is a serious medical procedure. You want to be sure you feel as safe, comfortable and calm as possible going in. Having a good rapport with your surgeon will help you feel confident in your decision and put the focus on your results and the new and improved you!