What are some things to look for when picking a surgeon? Thinking of lipo and BBL

Experience, degrees, specialties, etc

Doctor Answers 11

Finding an Expert for Best Results--VASER Hi-Def and Brazilian Butt Lift

I would look at training and specializations. For liposuction and BBL's you want someone who is a hi-def physique expert and performs those procedures often. I recommend getting a formal evaluation to discuss your goals. Best, Dr. Emer

Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
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What to ask?

What to ask before undergoing cosmetic surgery?

1.     Do the benefits exceed the risks?

This is a real surgical procedure with real medical/surgical risks.  A potential patient should be very familiar with the procedure in question as well potential benefits/possible complications. Patients are urged not to rush into any procedure until they have done their due diligence. Consult with your board certified plastic surgeon to determine whether you are a reasonable (i.e. “safe” ) candidate for surgery.

2.     Cosmetic surgery is not a shortcut? Nor a fast-forward.

So you have decided to undergo cosmetic surgery? Have you explored non-surgical alternatives i.e. diet, exercise etc? Cosmetic surgery is meant as an adjunct to a healthy lifestyle whose goal it is to enhance/improve your appearance. Additionally, younger patients should not consider cosmetic surgery until development is complete.

3.     Do you have realistic expectations?

Cosmetic surgery, while capable of dramatic changes, has its limits. A potential patient must take the time to complete an honest self-assessment. Why are you pursuing cosmetic surgery? Is this intervention likely to achieve the results you are seeking? Your board certified plastic surgeon can give you an honest evaluation and provide a reasonable assessment of outcome.

4.     Is this procedure going to change your life?

Cosmetic surgery can do many things. However, it is important to understand what it cannot do. Cosmetic surgery is not a means to an end i.e. wealth, romance, self esteem. None of these things are rooted in external beauty/appearance. Patients pursuing surgery for similar reasons are likely to be disappointed.

5. Know your doctor

While there are many practitioners of cosmetic surgery, only a select few are

certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgeons. Certification assures

graduation from an accredited medical school and completion of at least six

years of surgical training following medical school (with a minimum of three

years plastic surgery residency). They have also passed comprehensive oral

and written exams.

*Additionally, patients should verify that surgery is being performed in

accredited, state-licensed or Medicare-certified surgical facilities.

Donovan Rosas, MD
Kissimmee Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 10 reviews

Surgeon selection

It is important to look at training, and board certification.  I would also ensure that the surgeon has experience with the procedure that you are considering.  Most significantly, though, you should be sure that you are comfortable with the surgeon - can you speak freely with him/her in the event you have concerns or questions?

David A. Lickstein, MD
Palm Beach Gardens Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 reviews

Finding the surgeon

Hello and thank you for your question. It is very important that you thoroughly research your surgeon before committing to surgery. It is a good idea to research your surgeon's educational background, online reviews, before & after pictures, and speak with anyone who you may know who has had surgery with that surgeon. During your consultation, make sure that you don't feel rushed and make sure that you have adequate time with your surgeon and not just their patient coordinator or nurses. If the majority of your consultation is spent with someone other than the surgeon, this is usually not a good sign. The most important aspect is to find a surgeon you are comfortable with. I recommend that you seek consultation with a qualified board-certified expert surgeon who can evaluate you in person.

Best wishes and good luck.

Richard G. Reish, M.D.
Harvard-trained plastic surgeon

Richard G. Reish, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 126 reviews

Selecting your plastic surgeon

Your best option is researching your potential surgeon's credentials on the websites of ASAPS and ASPS, as they will confirm board certification in Plastic Surgery. Certification by any other "board" does not guarantee surgeons credentials and training. Good luck!

Robert M. Tornambe, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 28 reviews

Finding a surgeon to do a BBL

Thank you for asking about your liposuction and BBL. Excellent question. This is what  you need

  • Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
  • Practice limited to cosmetic plastic surgery
  • Doing your surgery in an accredited, out-patient surgery center or hospital surgery center.

Always see a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon. Best wishes  - Elizabeth Morgan MD PHD FACS

Elizabeth Morgan, MD, PhD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 43 reviews

List of Questions for Your Plastic Surgeon

Choosing your plastic surgeon is one of the most important steps in this journey. I recommend finding multiple, if possible, board-certified plastic surgeons in your area, and asking the following questions:

– Is the plastic surgeon a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons?

– How many years has the plastic surgeon in practice?

– How many times have he/she performed the surgery you’re interested in?

– Is she/he warm and friendly, yet polite and professional?

Get recommendations and read reviews about surgeons you are interested and always trust your gut feeling. Hope this helps!

Rupesh Jain, MD
Colorado Springs Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 17 reviews

Check for board-certification and other qualifications to find the best plastic surgeon for your needs.

This is a great question. Before deciding on a plastic surgeon, it can be hugely beneficial to do your research so that you can be sure that you’re working with an experienced and reputable professional. A plastic surgeon’s website is a great place to start when searching for information such as: board-certification with the American Board of Plastic Surgeons, trusted accreditations, online reviews from previous clients, before and after photos of previous results, and experience performing the specific procedure you’re looking for. Once you’ve narrowed down your search online, make a few phone calls or schedule an office visit or two so that you can get a feel for the atmosphere, environment, and friendliness of the doctors and staff.

Brian Vassar Heil, MD
Pittsburgh Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 19 reviews

How to pick a plastic surgeon

The best thing to look for is experience with the procedure that you are having, hospital privileges and certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS).

John A. Perrotti, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 6 reviews

Picking the Best Surgeon

Thank you for your question. It is important to look at several things when picking a surgeon. Make sure that he or she is a board certified plastic surgeon, a member of ASPS, ASAPS and has privileges with well-known and reputable hospitals. Make sure you read reviews, and take a look at the surgeon's before and after pictures. This is a good indication of their work, so you can make sure the results are what you are looking for. You'll need to meet with several surgeons in person to discuss your goals. Best of luck! 

Kevin Tehrani, MD, FACS
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 95 reviews

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