Top 5 Tips for Choosing a Cosmetic Surgeon
Are you considering a cosmetic procedure? If so, one of the most important decisions you'll make in the process is who performs your treatment. Use the following five tips to make sure you're selecting the right provider for you.
1. Surgeon qualifications
Consider what qualifications your surgeon has before opting for surgery. It's important for the surgeon to be board-certified from a country of your choice where you would expect qualifications are of an acceptable standard.
2. Length of time and reputation within the community
How many years has your surgeon of choice been in practice? Do he or she have a reputation for excellence within the community? Ideally, your surgeon should reside in the country of your choice. Visiting surgeons tend to lack follow-up care unless there's a support team on the ground. The concept of visiting surgeons always amazes me; unless there is a sub-specialty offering such as revisions for rhinoplasty, eyelid surgery, or novel techniques. If one's busy enough in one’s home country, the only reason for travelling to another would be for holidays.
3. Referral type
The best way of selecting your surgeon is generally through word of mouth, and/or through having spoken to someone who's had an experience with the doctor. What you hear in the media is sometimes simply a function of how much one is spending on marketing and Google ad words.
4. Comfort level
Comfort level at the initial consultation with your surgeon should involve a feeling that there's been complete honesty in terms of patient education: pros and cons of the surgery, alternative solutions, discussion of complications, and your suitability for the type of procedure you desire. It's important that you see some before and after images in order to ensure that other’s results are in line with your own expectations.
Undoubtedly, price is important when considering the purchase of any service. However, there are a few points to avoid. Firstly, try not to get involved in a surgery that is unaffordable and therefore puts strain on your financial resources. Secondly, avoid looking for bargains. Aesthetic surgery involves your appearance and subsequent well-being. In this case, you typically get what you pay for.