Consulting with a plastic surgeon can take you another step closer to realizing a dream. It may be that you are sensitive about a cosmetic issue, such as the size of your breasts or the shape of your nose, or you have been through a traumatic event that has left you with a physical abnormality that you would like to fix. Regardless of what the case may be, it is important that certain items be considered when you consult with a plastic surgeon.
First, check with the American Board of Plastic Surgery over the credentials of any doctor you may be considering. You will be shocked to hear that any doctor, regardless if they are licensed in plastic surgery or not, can in fact perform the procedures. However, going with a doctor who is licensed will help you rest assured that they are trained in successfully doing the procedure you have hired them to do.
Second, make sure that the plastic surgeon you are considering works with an accredited facility by the medical board in your state. You should never agree to plastic surgery that doesn’t take place in an accredited hospital or nursing facility, regardless of any discount in cost you may receive.
Next, even if you are having your work done at an accredited doctor’s office, you should always make sure that the doctor you are working with has hospital privileges and the ability to use the operating room at a local hospital. This is important to remember, if something goes wrong while you are under the knife, you want to make sure that local facilities will admit you for emergency procedures.
Finally, make sure you check references. If you are going in for rhinoplasty, more commonly referred to as a nose job, make sure that you speak to other patients who have had that same procedure about their experience with the plastic surgeon you are considering. Ensure that other patients were happy with their experience, results and follow up treatment.