3 Pitfalls to Avoid When Choosing a Plastic Surgeon

If you’re considering La Jolla cosmetic surgery, you may feel overwhelmed by trying to find the right surgeon. It can be hard to gauge a surgeon’s qualifications and skills by reading ads and studying information on the doctors’ websites. Medical jargon makes the process even more difficult, since many clinical terms sound “official” but can be misleading.

To get the most out of your plastic surgery, watch for these 3 common pitfalls when choosing a surgeon:

Pitfall No. 1: Selecting a cosmetic surgeon rather than a plastic surgeon

The terms “cosmetic surgeon” and “plastic surgeon” may seem interchangeable, but they aren’t. A plastic surgeon has been trained in all areas of plastic surgery, whereas cosmetic surgery can be performed by any doctor, even one who has little training in plastic surgery. Choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon who is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery ensures that your doctor has the education and experience necessary to perform your procedure successfully. Also, it is necessary that your surgeon is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, as well as the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.

Pitfall No. 2: Choosing the first surgeon you meet

Searching for the right surgeon is hard work, but it’s well worth the time it takes. Schedule consultations with at least 3 surgeons to get a variety of perspectives. If you don’t have a good feeling about the first 3, keep looking until you find someone with whom you feel comfortable. Establishing good communication with a surgeon who takes time to understand your individual needs is essential to receiving the best care possible.

Pitfall No. 3: Failing to ask questions during the consultation

Think of your consultation as your chance to “interview” the doctor. Bring a list of questions, including ones about the surgeon’s background, experience and education. Find out how long the doctor has been practicing and how often he or she performs the procedure you are considering. Also ask to see before-and-after photos of patients who have had the same procedure. Don’t be afraid to get the information you need to make a good choice.

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