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Choosing a Plastic Surgeon

The Biggest Mistake Made by Patients: Not Choosing an Experienced Plastic Surgeon

Read about the pitfalls of cosmetic surgery and how to avoid mistakes to maximize your chances of having a successful surgery result:

Avoid – Selecting a plastic surgery procedure based solely on the COST

Instead – Remember – Your results stay with you for life!

  • Not all plastic surgeons are created equal.
  • Some plastic surgeons excel in their skills, and achieve consistently excellent results.

Don’t Ignore Safety

Don’t – Choose a plastic surgeon based on social media reviews

  • Since reviews are often anonymous, negative competitor comments and illegitimate reviews are commonplace.

Instead – Look for doctor with years of experience performing plastic surgery

  • A small number of reviews don’t tell the whole story behind years of practice.

Don’t Buy a Procedure That Won’t Give You the Best Results

Avoid – Buying a surgical procedure you THINK you might need

Instead – Choose a plastic surgeon who will guide you to the best outcome

Know Your Plastic Surgeon – Don’t Go to Just Anyone

Avoid – Going to a LOCATION OR INSTITUTE NAME

Instead – Search out the “BEST” plastic surgeon in your area

  • An Institute generally hires new doctors with less experience and pays them a salary. The Institute will then use marketing to get you to come to their facility.

Websites that Grade Plastic Surgeons Have Very Little Value

Avoid – Internet Websites that GRADE PLASTIC SURGEONS

Instead – Understand that most WEBSITES REQUIRE A FEE from the doctor or surgeon to be included in their rating.

  • These Websites rely on information given by anonymous sources
  • People have been known to give false information to discredit or enhance a plastic surgeon’s status

Select a Well Trained Plastic Surgeon Who Can Draw From Proven Experience

Avoid – The doctor who “CLAIMS EXPERTISE IN ONLY ONE PROCEDURE”

Instead – Look for a PLASTIC SURGEON who performs MULTIPLE PROCEDURES

  • A doctor tells you they are an “EXPERT IN THIS PROCEDURE” because it is the “ONLY PROCEDURE THEY DO”
  • This may mean a partially trained surgeon, who cannot perform other alternative procedures, which might give you a better result

Get to Know Your Plastic Surgeon

Avoid – Answering an ADVERTISEMENT

Instead – Find a SKILLED & COMPETENT plastic surgeon

  • Ads are for marketing and tell you nothing about the judgment or excellence of the plastic surgeon
  • Ask to review photos of previous patients or for referrals

Choosing a Skilled Plastic Surgeon Will Guarantee You Get the Right Surgical Procedure for You

Avoid – Requesting a cosmetic procedure YOU SAW ON TV or THE INTERNET

Instead – Find a SKILLED & COMPETENT plastic surgeon

  • Cosmetic procedures seen on TV are for ratings and not necessarily what’s best for you
  • If most plastic surgeons don’t do a certain new procedure, it’s because it isn’t very good and probably a fad
  • Examples of poor cosmetic surgical procedures and fads
    • Thermage
    • Thread Face Lift or Feather Face Lift

Don’t Forget – Choosing the Right Plastic Surgeon is the Most Important Factor for A Successful Outcome

Avoid – Seeking out a COSMETIC SURGERY TECHNIQUE or TOOL

Instead – Go to an EXCELLENT PLASTIC SURGEON and you will get the best technique

  • A GREAT plastic surgeon will use whatever technique consistently gets him/her excellent results.
  • Make sure the facility has accreditation by an agency recognized by the state of Texas.
  • Examples of techniques with no importance:
    • Quick Lift
    • Tumescent Liposuction

Find a Trained Plastic Surgeon Certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery

Examples of NON-plastic surgeons in Grapevine/Southlake who have dabbled in cosmetic surgery and have called themselves a cosmetic surgeon:

  • Industrial Medicine Doctor
  • Emergency Medicine Doctor
  • Family Practitioner
  • Gynecologist
  • Anesthesiologist
  • Dermatologist
  • Ophthalmologist
  • Ear, Nose & Throat Surgeon

Avoid – Selecting a BOARD CERTIFIED SURGEON not recognized by ASPS®

Instead – Look for credentials from The AMERICAN BOARD OF PLASTIC SURGERY

    • The AMERICAN BOARD OF PLASTIC SURGERY is the only certifying board that guarantees the plastic surgeon is trained in all aspects of cosmetic surgery

Any Doctor Who Has Completed Medical School and Without Formal Training in These Types of Surgeries Can Call Themselves a Cosmetic Surgeon

Avoid – Choosing a cosmetic surgeon and not a PLASTIC SURGEON

Instead – Choose a PLASTIC SURGEON trained from “day 1″ in cosmetic surgery

      • Plastic surgeons are trained to perform ALL cosmetic surgery procedures.

Stay in a Clean and Safe Environment in the USA

Don’t – GO OUT OF THE COUNTRY FOR PLASTIC SURGERY

Stay – In the USA, where sanitation, cleanliness, and FDA-approved meds are a priority

Having plastic surgery outside of the USA presents many risks, which include:

      • Doctor credentialing, including training and schooling
      • Higher risk of problems due to different requirements for sanitary conditions
      • Should there be a problem, this might require an extended, costly stay outside the country