Selecting a surgeon - there are good and poor ASPS doctors?

After much research, I have learned to look for a surgeon who is ASPS, has good before and after pics (which is hard to judge since results are not purely based on the surgeon alone), and to make sure they are part of a certified surgical facility. I find myself looking at the same LARGE pool of surgeons AFTER considering those factors. So, are they all equally qualified? Talented? I'm sure not. So what other factors help narrow the search.

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Selecting a surgeon - there are good and poor ASPS doctors?

Thank you for the important question; careful selection of plastic surgeon will be the most important decision you make.

 Although I cannot provide you with specific names, I would suggest starting with the American Society of Plastic Surgery and/or the Aesthetic Society of Plastic Surgery to obtain a list of well experienced board-certified plastic surgeons.Then, I would suggest you visit a few surgeons whose practices concentrate on aesthetic surgery. 

***Ask to see lots of examples of their work and preferably speak/see patients who have had similar procedures done. Basically, patients should look at the overall "quality" of the outcomes achieved;  in other words, it will be important that patients see lots of examples of outcomes that they would be pleased with.  In doing so patients will be able to get an idea of each  plastic surgeon's "aesthetic sensibilities". Of course, careful evaluation of the photographs (including factors such as time out of surgery and initial anatomic starting point) will be important as patients evaluate before/after photographs.

Be very careful with your decision-making. You will find, while doing your due diligence, that there are many different “specialties” who will offer their services to you; again, I strongly recommend you concentrate on surgeons certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.


Best wishes.

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