If you are considering facial plastic surgery or an aesthetic procedure like Botox or fillers, who you choose to work with should be a priority. With massive media coverage concerning plastic surgery gone wrong, it almost always involves a doctor who does not have the extensive training and certifications necessary to perform facial plastic surgery. Would you choose a surgeon without credentials to perform surgery on your face? Here are a few tips:
Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
Your Plastic Surgeon should be board-certified and members of one of these professional organizations:
- American Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery
- The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
- The American Society of Plastic Surgeons
Did you know that a large percentage of all facial plastic and reconstructive surgery is performed by board-certified otolaryngologists? The rigorous training in the complicated head and neck area includes extensive experience with facial plastic surgery techniques. You should know that many plastic surgeons offer an array of plastic surgery procedures for multiple areas of the body, diluting their skill and experience. Otolaryngologists focus on facial procedures.
Do not be confused by other official sounding boards and certifications. The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery as well as The American Board of Otolaryngology is recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), which has approved medical specialty boards since 1934. That said, there are no ABMS recognized certifying boards with “cosmetic surgery” in its name.
Next, another important factor is the relationship between the patient and the facial plastic surgeon. An initial consultation provides the patient and surgeon an opportunity to discuss all that is involved in the desired procedure. Write down the questions you have before the consultation. You may want to ask and /or print the following questions:
- Am I a good candidate for this procedure and why?
- How long will the operation take?
- What is the recovery time?
- What are the risks involved?
- Is post-operative medication necessary?
- What is the cost of the procedure?
- What type of anesthesia is involved?
Be sure to write down the answers the surgeon provides so that you can review these carefully. The consultation provides the opportunity to experience the personality of the surgeon to see if he or she is compatible with yours. Be candid with the surgeon about your medical history, medications, allergies, habits, and background— which could affect the outcome of the surgery.