How Do I Find the Best Doctor for a Neck/face/lift?

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

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Finding the Best Plastic Surgeon

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The following are a few things that can distinguish some surgeons from others
1) Graduating from a top tier medical school at the top of their class.
2) Membership in Alpha Omega Alpha. This is the medical honors society. Alpha Omega Alpha is to medicine what Phi Beta Kappa is to undergraduate universities
3) Formal surgical training from prestigious medical universities. The minimum number of years of surgical training for plastic surgeons to be bord certified in five years. Some physicians have as many as ten years of formal surgical training. There simply is no substitute for stelar academic and practical surgical training.

4) Very experienced surgeons with meticulous surgical technique and natural looking outcomes will have photgraphic evidence of their work. Patients should be able to view many photos of the surgery of interest, photgraphed from three different perspectives all with similar lighting, distance from the camera and cropping

The elite experience extends beyond the surgeon to the facility, and the surgical team. You should be able to see the surgical theater and know who else will be in the OR with you during surgery. The Joint Commission (JCAHO) is an organization that provides certification to hospital OR's. The Joint Commission and AAAASF are two of the organizations that can provide certification to surgical suites. Some plastic surgeons elect to have their surgery centers dually certified.

The anesthesia experience is critical to a safe and comfortable surgical experience. A board certified anesthesiologist can administer general or MAC anesthesia. My preference is to have a board-certified anesthesiologist at the bedside of my patients for the duration of surgery.

Plastic surgeons who cater to high profile individuals who place a high value on privacy will have a private first floor entrance and exit so patients never need to be in a public lobby or elevator for pre-operative or post operative visits.

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.

Raleigh-Durham Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 123 reviews

Finding a facelift surgeon

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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! 

Illinois Facelift

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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 ( 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.

Plastic surgeon

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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!

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.2 out of 5 stars 30 reviews

Best facelift

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Finding the right surgeon can be a challenge whether you live in a small town or s major city.  Fortunstely with the internet more information is available than ever before, including credentials, photos, and certification.  The best way to

Find a good doctor is to ask people you know who are knowledgeable, a friend or relative who has been through the procedure, a nurse or anesthetist who works with plastic surgeons on a daily basis.  Don't be afraid to ask a lot of questions and always maintain a healthy sense of skepticism if something sounds too good.  There is no magic in plastic surgery.

Ronald J. Edelson, MD
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 29 reviews

Choosing The Best Surgeon

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The key element in choosing a Facelift surgeon is someone who is a true expert. An expert is one who is Experienced and performs facelifts frequently at least 2-3 times a week, has Expertise and has written and teaches others about facelift procedures, and one who can show you Excellent results. Choose a doctor that is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, is member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons or American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and therefore, operates in a fully accredited operating facility.


Rod J. Rohrich, MD
Dallas Plastic Surgeon

Finding Your Plastic Surgeon

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Finding the “best” doctor for your cosmetic needs is a personal decision and is based on a number of factors. Among the most important of these factors include your surgeon’s qualifications, education and experience, personality and bedside manner, location, and affordability. Also, many patients are referred to plastic surgeons by past patients who are satisfied with their experience and with their results. It is very common for patients to consult with a handful of plastic surgeons before choosing a doctor, as it is an important decision that requires careful thought and research. To start, I would suggest contacting the most prominent surgeons in your hometown, scheduling consultation appointments, and preparing a list of questions and concerns you want to address in person. 

How do I find the best doctor for a neck/face/lift?

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Hello! Thank you for your question.  Cost will vary among plastic surgeons as well as with geographic location and what procedures exactly they will be providing to you.  Certainly, researching a board certified plastic surgeon well-versed in the procedure(s) you desire is recommended - checking the American Board of Plastic Surgery is a great start. Consult with two or more surgeons who you are happy with their postoperative photographs and those who you, most importantly, feel comfortable and confident with. Use the opportunity to ask questions as well as visit with staff and investigate the accredited facilities they work out of.  I believe fellowship-training, beyond the core plastic surgery residency to be important, as that surgeon has gone above and beyond to seek additional training specific to that area of interest and chosen to gain additional expertise in that area.   

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 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!

Lewis Albert Andres, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 28 reviews

Word of mouth and testimonials of friends will help you find the best facelift neck lift surgeon

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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

Facelift Surgeon

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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 send 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.

Stephen Prendiville, MD
Fort Myers Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 103 reviews

These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.