The first question most people have when they are considering cosmetic surgery is this: How do you choose the best cosmetic surgeon? Some people use recommendations from friends or acquaintances, others simply go with whichever surgeon is nearby. Unfortunately, picking the right cosmetic surgeon can be stressful and time consuming. We’ve all heard horror stories about a cosmetic surgery that went wrong and ended up costing more money for additional procedures to fix it.
Picking the right plastic surgeon the first time should be the number one priority for potential patients, which is why research is important. Once you compile a list of three to five potential surgeons, set up consultation appointments with each one. Take notes and ask a lot of questions, that way you can compare your notes and decide which cosmetic surgeon is best for you. Read on to learn about six important considerations when making your choice.
While doing your research on potential surgeons, always refer to the American Board of Medical Specialties to see if they are board certified. You can also check out the state medical boards for the state your surgeon is located in; there you will find additional information in regards to the surgeon’s record, including any disciplinary actions. Being board certified means that a surgeon has completed a series of tests and requirements to pass the board. Remember, this is a decision you will have to live with for many years, so you really want to do your research and take your time with this process.
Experience in the Specific Procedure You Want
Even though a surgeon is considered a cosmetic surgeon, that term just covers the entirety of what they studied. Most surgeons have subspecialties under cosmetic surgery, such as breasts, nose, face, dermal fillers, etc. The subspecialty area(s) the surgeons choose shows what they are passionate about. Each area of cosmetic surgery requires different skills that take time and training to perfect. When you find a surgeon who has a subspecialty of the procedure you are interested in, you want to make sure they have plenty of experience with that procedure. The more years, time, and education spent on that procedure, the better. Some questions you may consider asking are: How long did you train for the procedure? How long have you been preforming the procedure? How many times have you performed the procedure?
Sharing Aesthetic Sensibility
Making sure you and your surgeon are on the same page with your goals for the procedure is a must. If the two of you are not on the same page, then you might not be pleased with the outcome of your procedure. While doing your research, go to the surgeon’s website and look at before and after photographs of the procedure you are interested in. Compare all the photographs between each surgeon and ask yourself what result you’re looking for and what best fits your personality as a whole? To make your vision a little easier, you can compare a picture of yourself to the result photographs of people who have a similar face/body shape to see if the outcome may work for you as well. When comparing all of the result photographs between surgeons, always check to see how consistent the surgeon’s results are. You want a surgeon who is confident in what they are doing and can positively say they always give consistent and accurate results. Your surgeon should also be able to provide you with a digital image of the anticipated results, but keep in mind that this is not a guarantee.
It is important that you feel comfortable with your surgeon and their staff. Being comfortable can help assure you that you are in the right place and have a sense of security and trust within them. After meeting with your surgeon, ask yourself do you like spending time with him or her? Can you trust the surgeon to recommend what is best and safe for you? Do you feel comfortable asking questions? Even if you think they are silly and common sense. Most importantly, do you feel comfortable opening up about your medical history and everyday habits? Those are a few pieces of information some people may not feel very comfortable about disclosing, especially to someone they just met, but nevertheless is essential.
Safety and the Operating Facility
During your consultation, ask the surgeon about the operating facility where your procedure will take place. Make sure the facility is an accredited operating room and that, in the event of emergency, it is fully equipped. This is important in case any complications are to arise. Some questions you may consider asking the surgeon are: where do they perform their surgeries and what is the facility’s level of accreditation? What are the anesthetists’ qualifications who assist in the operating room? Always try and make sure that a certified registered nurse anesthesiologist or a board certified anesthesiologist administers you anesthesia. This way you can be sure you are safe and are receiving the appropriate doses.
Be kind to yourself and make sure you are being treated well by the entire staff. Always consider if the staff is friendly and helpful with anything you may need. When it comes to follow-up events or in the unlikely event of complications, they can adequately provide you with the appropriate information, along with information about the recovery process.
When it comes to choosing the best plastic surgeon, look no further than Dr. Stuart Bentkover. Dr. Bentkover is committed to his patients and making sure they are well taken care of, feel safe, and are comfortable through the entire process. If you are interested in scheduling a consultation appointment to learn more, you can contact the office at 508-363-6500 or fill out the Request a Consultation Form on his website.