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Today, the plastic surgery industry is filled with improperly trained physicians who masquerade as plastic surgeons. This is increasingly putting a reputable industry into bad light as most of the quacks perform poor quality procedures that do more harm than good to unsuspecting clients. Confirming a surgeon’s board certification status is no longer enough to guarantee quality services. A prospective patient should do a thorough research and among others look out for the following;
A prospective patient should inquire about a particular surgeon’s level of experience. You should establish how regularly the surgeon handles a similar case like yours and how many hours he spends on the operating table. Look for a surgeon who specializes in a single or couple of procedures rather than one who offers a wide variety of procedures, reason being that it is easy to hone your skills in a single or couple of specialties than all of them.
If possible, conduct an extensive evaluation to find out whether the surgeon has or has had malpractice lawsuits filed against them. This information can be readily obtained from the Medical Board website. In addition, find out whether the board effected any form of disciplinary action against the surgeon.
You can gauge ethical attributes of a surgeon during the initial consultation. There are different types of plastic surgery procedures and each has its own advantages and disadvantages. A good surgeon should inform you of all the risks involved in a procedure. If there is an alternative, a reputable surgeon should inform you even if it means him/her losing your business. A reputable surgeon should never encourage you to undergo additional procedures that are unnecessary like recommending a facelift when you clearly don’t need one.
Off course board certification is very important. First, it assures you that the surgeon you are considering has undergone the required training process. Before being certified, surgeons have to pass comprehensive oral and written tests and adhere to a strict code of medical ethics. However, not all certifications are equal. Therefore, don’t assume that since a surgeon is board certified is as qualified as another board certified surgeon.
When undergoing such a procedure, trust is very important. You have to like the surgeon and also trust him/her. On the other hand, the surgeon has to listen to your needs and understand your objectives and reservations about the procedure. Use consolations prior to the procedure to develop a good relationship with the surgeon. If the surgeon rushes the consultation, avoid him/her.
Surgical results are something that will last you the rest of your life, if it comes out bad you have to live with it. To avoid such negative results, take time and do a thorough research before settling on a particular surgeon to operate on you.
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