Choosing the best plastic surgeon for you can be a difficult decision. It can involve a complex decision-making process.
The priority in finding the best plastic surgeon is to find one that you can trust and meets the highest standards for qualification as a plastic surgeon.
There are many variables to consider when deciding on the plastic surgeon that best suits your needs.
- Is the surgeon board certified? If so, with which board do they have their certification? One can not assume that a surgeon claiming to be "board certified" has the highest level of training or qualifications. You want to make sure the surgeon is be certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. That is the only plastic surgery board that is legitimately recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialities. A red flag should be raised if the surgeon claims to be board certified by any board other than the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Physicians that are not plastic surgeons will often become certified by boards that are not recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties. If you would like to verify the surgeons' board certification status, the following is a link to the American Board of Medical Specialties: Check Certification Status
Is the plastic surgeon a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS®)? Directly from the ASPS website: "The mission of the ASPS is to advance quality care to plastic surgery patients by encouraging high standards of training, ethics, physician practice and research in plastic surgery. The Society is a strong advocate for patient safety and requires its members to operate in accredited surgical facilities that have passed rigorous external review of equipment and staffing." Being a member of the society means that your plastic surgeon is maintaining the highest standards of care and ethics while staying educated about the latest advances and research within the specialty.
How many years has the plastic surgeon in practice? It takes many years of training to become a plastic surgeon. Nevertheless, it takes a few years of being in private practice before a surgeon becomes very comfortable with cosmetic surgery procedures. It has been said that it takes 5 years of being in practice before a surgeons' skills are refined to the point they are comfortable with complex cosmetic procedures.
How many times has the surgeon performed the procedure you are discussing? Does the surgeon perform the procedure regularly? As the saying goes, practice makes perfect. The surgeon you choose to perform your procedure should be comfortable with performing the procedure and perform them regularly. Be wary if your surgeon only performs the procedure you are interested in on a rare occasion.
Make sure your surgeon is open and honest about the risks and complications about the surgical procedure you are contemplating. With any surgical procedure, there are associated risks and complications. Your surgeon should be willing to discuss them with you freely and honestly. They should also be willing to inform you of their personal experience and frequency of complications.
Is your surgeon warm and friendly yet polite and professional? The best plastic surgeon for you will be one that exhibits a balance of professionalism while treating you with dignity, warmth and respect. Remember that your relationship with your surgeon is one that requires good communications and respect on both sides. He/She should make you feel comfortable with adequate consideration of your question and concerns.
If possible, get a recommendation from someone you know who has prior experience with the surgeon and his office. Ask them how their experience was and if they would recommend that surgeon to their friends and family. However, the best recommendations come from the medical staff and nurses that work with the surgeon where they perform their surgeries. These nurses know first hand the quality and skill of the surgeons.
Ask your surgeon about how they conduct their follow-ups. Some plastic surgery practices employ nurses and medical assistants to do all the follow-up care. In these offices, you may only see your plastic surgeon for a few minutes during the follow-up stage. You want make sure the plastic surgeon you choose is intimately involved with the follow-up phase of your surgery. At the Institute of Plastic Surgery your surgeon, Dr. Krishna Dash or Dr. Rupesh Jain, will be the person performing ALL of your follow-up care. This ensures that you are provided with the best level of care from start to finish.
Finding the best plastic surgeon for you in Colorado Springs can be a difficult task. We hope this guide helps you to find the best plastic surgeon for you.
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