The more I read the more confused I get. When I inquire I get asked question like "what's your zip code". I don't give a rip where he's located. I'll fly to any State. I only have one face and I don't want any " Ooop's. I know it'important to be board certified but there is a lot more to having great skill.*I want great skill*. Please, Please Please tell me where to find the right doctor. Thumper 630 in Illinois
How Do I Find the Best Doctor for a Neck/face/lift?
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Finding the Best Plastic Surgeon
When choosing a plastic surgeon it is imperative to select a surgeon who is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Often, plastic surgeons who perform a great deal of aesthetic or cosmetic surgery will also be members of ASAPS. A plastic surgeon who is a member of ASAPS is an indication that a surgeon has significant interest in aesthetic plastic surgery. When evaluating a surgeons training, look for completion of a plastic surgery fellowship. A fellowship is an elite qualification that only a small percentage of surgeons performing cosmetic plastic surgery can claim. , a surgeon who has had an additional fellowship of training has completed focused and intense specialized training in a particular area of interest
Be careful about investigating board certification. Some doctors today are promoting themselves as being double board certified, triple board certified and even quadruple board certified.
Thousands of physicians with no residency training in plastic surgery and without certification from the American Board of Plastic Surgery (the only Board recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties that certifies plastic surgeons) promote themselves as `cosmetic surgeons' and `plastic surgeons'. Some are primary care physicians, some are emergency room doctors; some have never completed a residency training program in any specialty and are not eligible to take any specialty board exam. Many take `weekend courses' on liposuction, or breast augmentation, or facelifts, then return to their practice and begin promoting that procedure and performing it on patients.
The minimum amount of training in plastic surgery that will allow a physician to be eligible for certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery is five years, and many board-certified plastic surgeons, myself included, have several additional years of training in general surgery and plastic surgery. There are a number of reasons for such a significant training requirement. Chief among them are the following: one does not acquire sophistication in diagnosis and treatment planning, superior surgical skill, and the capacity to minimize the possibility of complications and unfavorable outcomes by taking weekend courses. It requires years of training experience under the direction of talented mentors. It requires devotion to the art and practice of plastic surgery.
Be careful in evaluating physicians whose `Board Certification' is by a `Board' which is not recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), and who belong to an `Academy' that does not require residency training in plastic surgery. Some will claim that they are `double-' or even `triple-board certified', when only one (and occasionally none) of those `boards' are recognized by the ABMS. Visit the ABMS website to see which specialties have ABMS recognition.
It takes just a few mouse clicks to verify a surgeon's credentials online. Make sure that the surgeon or surgeons that you are considering are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and are active members of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). ASPS members are also eligible for membership in the exclusive American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS), the premier professional association of board-certified plastic surgeons with a specialty practice in cosmetic surgery
Selecting a plastic surgeon should always start with board certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, but it doesn't end there.
Choosing Your Surgeon
There is endless information about plastic surgery available online, some of it helpful, some of it hogwash. Many patients learn about treatment options and narrow their search for a plastic surgeon with the help of their computer. And then they make one or two or more appointments, and on the basis of these encounters decide on a surgeon. Some patients already have a particular plastic surgeon in mind, based on the recommendation of satisfied patients or the surgeon's reputation.
Regardless of how you decide who you see, ask yourself the following questions after your consultation appointment(s):
Is this surgeon qualified to perform the surgery I am considering?
Do I like this person? Will I enjoy seeing them over the course of my surgery and recovery?
Was my complete medical history taken and examined in detail?
Did this physician truly listen to me as I explained my thoughts about the improvement I am seeking?
Does this physician share my aesthetic sensibility? Do they understand me and are they able to provide exactly what I am looking for?
Was I provided with a thorough understanding of all options available (both surgical and non-surgical)?
Was I shown photographic examples of surgical outcomes that give me confidence?
Was the office staff professional, friendly and accommodating?
Was I pressured in any way to proceed with surgery?
Does this surgeon perform aesthetic surgery exclusively or is aesthetic surgery a small percentage of the pratice?
Listen to what your heart and your gut tell you when you are evaluating your consultation experience. Only move forward if you can do so with confidence about the experience you expect to have in a given plastic surgery practice, and about your ultimate outcome as a surgical patient.
Your experience with the consultation process is a good indication of what you are likely to receive as a surgical patient in any practice. If the process is well-organized and enjoyable, the staff is respectful and efficient, and the physician takes adequate time to understand your individual needs and communicates effectively, then you have a very high likelihood of being treated in a similar fashion if you become a surgical patient of that practice. If the process is disorganized or rushed, if the staff is discourteous or unprofessional, or if the physician does not give you confidence that your needs will be met, then don't expect things to get any better once you are a surgical patient.
You must be absolutely certain that your plastic surgeon's aesthetic sensibility matches your aesthetic goals. I have a very particular aesthetic vision, and I do not pretend to be the plastic surgeon for everybody. I strive to produce surgical results that are natural-appearing, results that do not advertise a trip to the operating room. For example, I do not perform breast augmentation for patients that are seeking an overly large and distinctly `done' breast appearance. And I have a particular distaste for cheek implants, as I think they rarely produce natural-appearing cheek contours, and instead prefer to enhance facial volume by means of structural fat grafting. Make sure that your plastic surgeon's philosophy and preferred approaches are consistent with the goals that you have in mind.
Adequate communication is obviously invaluable, and you should be able to communicate clearly and easily not only with your doctor, but also with your doctor's staff. Over the course of preparing for and recovering from aesthetic surgery, your doctor's staff will have an important and active role. Make sure that your interaction with the staff gives you confidence that you will receive the care and attention that you expect, and deserve, postoperatively.
Verify that major surgical procedures are performed in an accredited surgery center and that anesthesia care is provided by board-certified M.D. anesthesiologists. If you are most comfortable with overnight observation after surgery with the bedside care of an R.N., verify that this is available to you. Look up your surgeon on your state's Medical Board website to verify that they are in good standing and have no public record of sanction or limitation of their license to practice.
Be confident enough to ask some `difficult' questions. Feel empowered to ask any physician questions like: What are your complication and reoperation rates for this procedure? Has a cosmetic surgery that you performed ever resulted in a lawsuit? Have you had any serious complications and unplanned hospitalizations after cosmetic surgery? Have you ever been disciplined by a state medical board? I am never offended by these kinds of questions, and no competent and qualified surgeon should be. In my opinion it is actually the savvy prospective cosmetic surgery patient who does this kind of `due diligence'.
To be honest, the best way to find a great surgeon is by word of mouth, either by people that you know who have had surgery with a specific doctor, or comments you read online, etc. Advertising tells you nothing - any surgeon can advertise that the were voted the best surgeon of the century, etc., but the trick is that most of those types of things are paid accomplishements if you will. Pay for advertising in a certain magazine, and more likely than not, they will name you as a top doctor for that area, etc. You definetly want to go to a board certified plastic surgeon, not a facial plastic surgeon, or a "cosmetic surgeon." It is easy to check - just go to the American Board of Plastic Surgery ( abplsurg.org) and look up their name. They are the only real board certifying organziation for plastic surgery. You also want to go on a few consults and really get a feel for not only the doctor's skill, but also how well you interact with them. This is someone that you are going to be dealing with on a long term basis, and seeing pretty often. You want to be comfortable with that person as much as possible. I hope this helps.
Finding a facelift surgeon
They should be Board Certified in Plastic Surgery or Facial Plastic Surgery and should have facelifting as a specialty interest of theirs and they should have 20 years of post-training experience. They should have what look like amazing photos to your eye showing consistently what you want for yourself. Facelifting is an art form so the same patient operated on by two different surgeons will have a different result.
What I personally look for in photos to evaluate results is the following: a completely rejuvenated look with no operated on look, a smooth jawline with no jowls, a nice angular neck with the fat gone and the muscles tightened, and cheek volume restored after re-elevating the jowls.
Good luck in your search!
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How do I find the best doctor for a neck/face/lift?
Experience should not be measured solely by the age of the surgeon or how many years s/he has been in practice. Checking the education and training is more valuable - a Board Certified MD plastic surgeon who was accepted to and completed an integrated plastic surgery residency, in today's day and age, are excellent choices. Those are the top students who have superior training at top institutes. Plastic Surgery is NOT a fellowship...it is a residency. Those surgeons who have actually successfully completed additional fellowship training beyond the plastic surgery residency are also passionate about that area and will likely have the most recent, innovative, and up to date techniques. These are usually the younger surgeons, who are still readily willing and competent to continue to strive for the newest material and remain up to date on literature and conferences.
You must decide for yourself who you are most comfortable with and confident with who will meet your goals and expectations. Cost may differ just on expertise and the aforementioned additional training ad what that additional expertise training has afforded to his/her patients. Hope that this helps! Best wishes!
How do you find the best plastic surgeon? There is not any specific one. Most are very competent. The key is to find one that provides rejuvenation without distortion of the face and leaving a natural result. I learned from one of the masters who stressed this concept. Working on the deep tissues to rejuvenate the face but re-orient the skin in a natural way to avoid the tell-tale signs of bad facelifts. Good Luck!
Word of mouth and testimonials of friends will help you find the best facelift neck lift surgeon
The best way to evaluate the skills of a surgeon is to see and evaluate that surgeons actual results.
You need to be cautious. Photos of beautiful facelift neck lift results can be purchased and "fake" testimonials can be posted on Plastic Surgery Websites.
Talking to people who have had a facelift neck lift by a particular surgeon is usually a reliable way to evaluate a surgeons skill.
Most surgoens who are very skilled will be happy to provide references who have had surgey by that doctor.
The most important factor is for you to have the courage to ask the difficult questions and demand answers that satisfy you. Too often patients are intimidated by the "white coat" of the doctor and do not ask the best questions.
In chapter 10 of my book "Save Your Face", entitled "Don't Let "Just Anyone" Touch Your Face" I list 10 tips on how to choose a Plastic Surgeon.
It is your face, protect it by demanding to see the surgeons actiual rsults and speaking to his/her patients
There are many excellent Facelift Surgeons throughout the country. I believe that "word of mouth" referral is critical because local Surgeons generate their reputations through great results. Avoid the "branded infomercial lifts" and associated gimmickry because if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
My advice is to meet with a few Surgeons and ask yourself the following questions: 1) Did you feel comfortable with the Surgeon? 2) Did you like the results shown to you? 3) Did you like the office staff and facility, and did it seem professional? 4) Would you seen a family member there? 5) Were you being educated about surgical process or sold something? Don't rush your decision and make your mind up accordingly.
Finding the best Board Certified plastic surgeon for you...
Optimally it would be great if you have a friend that has a great outcome that can give you a personal recommendation, however this is not always possible. Then I would suggest to start by looking at before and after pictures on surgeons websites. Pick at least three surgeons with results that you like and then schedule a consultation with each, but at the time of scheduling ask if the photos you looked at are actual patients of the doctor's. When you meet with the surgeon, ask to see more photos and if you can talk to a couple of his patients that have had the same procedures that you want.
If after seeing three surgeons and you still aren't sure, then see more. It is important that besides finding a surgeon with great results, that you find one that you can communicate with, someone who is taking the time to listen to your concerns and makes you feel comfortable.
Who is the best face lift surgeon?
Dear patient, there are excellent face lift surgeons in most major cities. There is no single face lift surgeon who is the best. Please search for an experienced and board certified facial plastic surgeon who had done at least several hundred face lifts. The best way to find out is to have consult with several surgeons and review their face lift before and after pictures. Go with the one you feel comfortable. I perform nearly one thousand facial procedures a year and I am very skilled in what I do, but is not fair to my respected colleagues to call myself the best in the field.
Experience and great results important for facelift surgeon
Great question. Please understand that many surgeons are excellent for facelifts. I average about 8-10 facleifts per week and have performed about 600-700 in the past 1 1/2 years. Feel free to meet with several doctors and see pictures of results as well as speak with former patients. It would also be a plus if you liked your doctor as well.