The first step is to compile a list of reputable
surgeons. Is there a specific credential that is
applicable to what you’re seeking? For example, if
you’re looking for someone to do a facelift, a
physician that is board certified by the American
Academy of Facial Surgery would be a good place to
start. Then, ask your friends, get referrals and
explore their references. Certainly, study their Web
pages but caution, while social media may offer great
information beware. As we all know, it isn’t always
- Consider a surgeon near you or at least one that will be easy for you to get to. It will make your postoperative care much easier.
- Interview several different physicians. At your first
visit, try to get to know the doctor. Is he or she
kind, straightforward, or do you feel like you’re
being sold? Once you are comfortable, describe what
you would like to accomplish. Let the doctor tell you
what he would recommend, and how he can help. Listen
carefully to his or her advice. Take notes if you need
to. Ask him or her to describe the surgery details. In
simple terms, how does the doctor do his procedure?
This should include anatomical details, length of time
for the procedure, anesthesia and recovery time.
- Be sure that your doctor works at certified and
approved surgery center or hospital. Your health and
safety is the most important thing.
- Compare your consultations. Look at pictures and talk to patients if you can.
- When you have made your decision, listen carefully to your doctor’s directions and explanations. Follow the pre-op and post-op directions to the letter. Remember, cosmetic surgery is still surgery and needs to be treated with care and respect. When you do your research and make an informed decision you’ll be making the right choice.