Board certification, quality credentials, experience with your chosen procedure — there are plenty of things to look for when choosing a plastic surgeon. But my Portland patients understand that there’s another important factor to consider: the human factor.
Plastic surgery is a big decision, and forging a real connection with your doctor is a necessary step to achieve the results you want. Now, I’m not suggesting that you meet up for cocktails after work or set up play dates for your kids. I’m talking more about the indefinable chemistry that occurs when 2 people are on the same page. Just as in other fields, great things can happen when plastic surgeon and patient share a mutual understanding and work together toward a shared goal.
You’ll probably be able to determine whether you and a surgeon share this bond during your initial consultation. Do you find him or her easy to talk to? Does he or she have a good handle on your goals and expectations? Does he or she take plenty of time to listen to you and adequately address your concerns? These are the building blocks of good communication, which is the key to a successful surgical result and high satisfaction.
If you’re considering plastic surgery, don’t be afraid to shop around. Schedule a few consultations with different board-certified plastic surgeons, and keep your appointments even if you like the first one you visit. Be yourself, and be open about your expectations — the right surgeon will rise to your standards.