Finding plastic surgeons in Champaign, IL may seem as easy as performing a simple Google search, finding a surgeon’s site and then contacting the office for a consultation. Although the process may seem simple, you should take the time to carefully consider the skills, qualifications, experience and even the personality of your plastic surgeon before agreeing to any cosmetic enhancement. Look for:
- Board Certification
Not every surgeon is board-certified even though they hold a license. For cosmetic plastic surgeons, being board-certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery means they have gone through years of training and have passed rigorous exams to become certified. Discovering if your surgeon is board-certified and by which board can give you some idea of how much experience and knowledge your surgeon possesses.
Ask about your surgeon’s education and learn where they did their internships, fellowships and residencies. Typically board-certified plastic surgeons must have a medical degree from an accredited medical school, a residency in general surgery and a specific residency in plastic surgery. Often a surgeon’s training and experience will tell you something about the quality of their work.
- Before & After Photos
While some surgeons only show the best of their before & after photos, seeing their past work can be a strong indicator of how good their work will be when it’s your turn. No two patients will have the same results, but if the results look generally good (or generally bad) you can expect the similar results for your enhancement.
Patient testimonials can be a great way to learn about your surgeon’s personality and skill. Some surgeons will offer patient testimonials on their sites. If none are available, ask them about patient stories that you could read.
Remember: you want great results, so it’s essential to take as long as you need to find the perfect surgeon for you.