Finding a cosmetic surgeon you can trust can be an intimidating task. If you haven’t worked with one before, and don’t have any recommendations from friends or family, you may be asking yourself how you can go about selecting a qualified plastic surgeon. Look for these 6 qualities that set apart every great cosmetic surgeon from the rest.
Technical Expertise – all other skills wouldn’t count for much if your surgeon didn’t have the technical ability to execute cosmetic procedures with ability and finesse. These determine the quality of the work, how well it blends in with the patient’s body, and the speed of recovery.
Experience – aside from technical training, every doctor benefits immeasurably from having a wealth of experience. Having done a procedure dozens of times before means that the doctor will have come up against common questions and challenges and knows how to resolve them.
Board Certification – being certified by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons isn’t just a formality. Having this certification means that the doctor has specialized training in cosmetic surgery. Maintaining one’s certification also means that the doctor will have to do a certain amount of ongoing education to ensure that he or she is has knowledge of the most current research in their field.
A Clean Record – every state’s medical board has a listing of any litigation a doctor has been involved in, including malpractice judgements and any disciplinary action undertaken by the board. Before working with a plastic surgeon, you may want to check these records to see if there is any history of malpractice.
Prudence – cosmetic surgery is not a field where “the customer is always right”. As a medical expert, the plastic surgeon is tasked with consulting with patients and giving his or her opinion on what results are attainable and which procedures may not make sense for a particular outcome that the patient is looking for.
Testimonials and Before & After Photos – like an artist, your plastic surgeon should be able to provide you with a before & after portfolio that showcases his or her work and the range of procedures he or she is comfortable with.
Dr. Bahram Ghaderi is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He is also a fellow of the prominent American College of Surgeons and a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, and the Illinois Society of Plastic Surgeons. He has years of industry experience.