Summary: How do you find a good plastic surgeon when there are so many options out there? Obviously, you want to avoid a poor result (and a less qualified surgeon). But making heads or tails of all the information available can be a significant challenge. How do you know which surgeon you should choose for your procedure?
How Do You Find a Good Plastic Surgeon?
There are so many cosmetic and plastic surgeons out there. It can be a little overwhelming. So how do you find a good plastic surgeon? How do you make sense of all the information out there in a way that helps you find not only the best possible surgeon, but also the best possible surgeon for you.
Searching for a plastic or cosmetic surgeon to perform the procedure you’re interested in can be a significant challenge. But it’s not an insurmountable one. And there are plenty of strategies and tips out there which can help you succeed.
The search for a plastic or cosmetic surgeon often starts in an almost imperceptible way. Usually, there’s just something about your body you want to address–some aspect of your look that you want to fix, alter, or change. But once you’ve narrowed in on that particular issue, you start searching for the means to enact some change. The selection of your plastic surgeon is an important step of the process. This article is intended not to offer medical advice, but instead to start a conversation! How do you find a good plastic surgeon? Well, let’s talk about that!
You Have to Use the Internet
These days, when you’re looking for a cosmetic or plastic surgeon, you need to use the internet. There’s just no way around it. That probably doesn’t entirely shock you. The internet these days is our repository of knowledge–it’s where we keep all the information of the world. But it’s also where we keep a significant chunk of misinformation. So it can be hard to tell what’s what.
Here are a few tips for using the internet when you’re looking for a surgeon on the internet:
- Don’t necessarily rely only on social media. Some social platforms, such as Instagram, have some pretty lax advertising rules, so knowing who is and who isn’t a surgeon can sometimes be a challenge.
- Check out the reviews. Surgeons will often be reviewed on a variety of platforms: Yelp, Google Reviews, Health Grades, and so on. Check out the reviews but keep in mind that, typically, only the most upset or ecstatic patients will leave reviews–there’s not a lot in the middle.
- Look at before and after photos. These days, many surgeons will make their before and after photos available on the internet–usually on their websites, but not always. Before and after images can give you a great deal of insight into the typical result a surgeon is able to achieve.
- Look for board certification. In most cases, a board certified plastic surgeon is going to be among your best options. That’s because board certification essentially guarantees that a surgeon has reaches a certain level of experience and proficiency.
Use Your Consultation Wisely
Of course, using all of that internet research is really just the first step. Once you’ve gotten that far, you need to put that research into practice. And that’s what the consultation process is for. A plastic surgery consult, after all, is a chance to get to know your potential surgeon and make some final decisions.
So you want to make sure you use your consultation wisely. That is, it’s important to remember that the consultation does not commit you to choosing a certain surgeon. If you get a bad vibe from the surgeon you’ve visited or you’re feeling a little underwhelmed, keep searching!
Likewise, if you find yourself impressed by your surgeon during your consultation, that might be a good reason to see what else the surgeon has to say.
Take the Time to Find the Right Surgeon
The number one ingredient in any search for a good plastic surgeon is going to be pretty simple: time. You need to make sure you’re taking the to find the surgeon that’s right for you. And, for better or worse, that may or may not be the first surgeon that you contact or meet with.
Committing yourself to the process can help to ensure that you’re making a thorough, informed decision. And that’s really all you can ask for when you’re selecting a plastic or cosmetic surgeon.
When it comes to elective procedures such as Botox or Breast Augmentation, it can be tempting to follow your inspiration–to move as soon as you find an opening. But taking your time and even getting a second opinion can be to your benefit in the long run. The point is that finding the right surgeon is indeed a long process (or, at least, it can be). How do you find a good plastic surgeon? You follow the process, take your time, and do your research.
About the Author: Dan Voltz has been writing about plastic and cosmetic surgery for over four years. He’s constantly in touch with surgeons to ensure he’s getting the latest and most up to date information possible.