There are many factors that come into play when considering a plastic surgeon in San Jose, where I practice, or elsewhere in the United States. You might be swayed by a top-of-the-line office filled with leading-edge equipment. Or maybe a location that’s convenient to your home or office will win you over. While these are certainly good things to look for, there are 3 essential components any plastic surgeon should have before you schedule your procedure:
- Extensive training and education: Any medical doctor is legally allowed to perform surgery. That means that a general practitioner may technically perform a rhinoplasty or liposuction. But just because a doctor is legally permitted to perform these complex procedures doesn’t always mean he or she is qualified. Check your surgeon’s credentials. Where did he or she go to school? In what fields did he or she have residencies or fellowships? Is your surgeon board certified? The answers to these questions can help you predict the safety and effectiveness of your chosen procedure.
- Before-and-after photos: All plastic surgeons should provide before-and-after photos of their previous patients. Though they might not always be available online, your surgeon should be able to produce them during your consultation. If your doctor doesn’t have any, or refuses to share them with you, proceed with caution.
- A qualified staff: Though a good doctor will be a strong presence before, during, and after your surgery, his or her staff will also play a heavy role throughout the process. A competent team of office staff, nurses, and physician assistants is the backbone of any plastic surgery practice. These staff members spend lots of time with patients and keep the office running smoothly even when the doctor isn’t available. For this reason, a highly qualified staff is essential to a good patient experience, from the very first phone call to the final follow-up appointment.