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Finding the Right Plastic Surgeon for You

Have you considered getting plastic surgery? Here are a few tips to consider when choosing a cosmetic surgeon. First off, your doctor, ideally, must be a certified member of any of these specialized organizations:

  • American Academy of Dermatology
  • American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • American Society for Dermatologic Surgery
  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons


Your next step would be to seek names of two or three cosmetic surgeons. For this purpose, personal recommendations are very crucial. You may have friends who have underwent similar cosmetic procedures. Their referrals or feedback is very valuable. In addition, you can also get information from doctors who may have cosmetic surgeons as friends.

Since cosmetic surgery is a very competitive area in medical practice, you should be wary of doctors claiming to be “the best.” This sort of advertising would seem to exclude surgeons who specialize in particular areas.

If you already have names of your prospective surgeon, you can confirm their background as to their board certification, fellowship training, license, education, etc. Also, it is best to check if disciplinary actions have been taken against him or her.

Whenever possible, you should narrow your choices to at least two or three surgeons. To make the final choice, this is where consultation is vital. During your one-on-one time with the doctor, you might want to ask him or her regarding these matters:

  • His or her area of expertise
  • Years of experience performing cosmetic surgery procedures
  • Educational background and training
  • Whether or not the surgery will be performed in the doctor's office
  • Availability of state-of-the-art facilities in the doctor's office


Ideally you should look for a friendly and genuinely compassionate surgeon who will encourage you to speak out your concerns and goals. He or she should be willing to take the time to listen to your questions and discuss whatever it is that you need to know regarding your planned procedure. Even if you've settled on your top pick, you may still want to get a second opinion from another cosmetic surgeon.