Cosmetic surgery is often joked about in modern society as nip and tuck, but in reality, it’s a decision that isn’t taken lightly. Potential patients are often faced with questions when trying to choose the right cosmetic surgeon for their specific needs. Being comfortable in one’s own skin is paramount to healthy and productive self-esteem.
Choosing the right cosmetic surgeon for the job is the first step. There are three key factors to consider when researching a cosmetic surgeon: reviews, qualifications certifications, and pricing.
Nothing is more telling about a surgeon and their practice than current patient reviews. Most cosmetic surgeons provide patient testimonials on their website but if not, a quick search of the surgeon’s name in a popular search engine will pull additional reviews for potential patients to consider. Look for reviews highlighting the entire process from initial consultation to post-procedure follow up visits. Surgeons who excel at their craft provide excellent patient service throughout each step of the process that these reviews and testimonials will highlight.
Second, consider the education, certification, and medical memberships of the surgeon. Cosmetic surgery is a serious medical procedure that requires a skilled, well trained professional. Most surgeons proudly display this information on their website. Simply visit their site for more information on what certifications, affiliated memberships, and medical training they have. Remember that each state has different certifications and cosmetic surgery societies and groups. Be sure to look at each when considering a local surgeon. There are also national affiliations and organizations to look for when considering a cosmetic surgeon. Societies like the American Society of Plastic Surgery and the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons are some of the largest and most respected.
The mantra of “you get what you pay for” seems to ring true in the realm of cosmetic surgery. Don’t just go with the cheapest surgeon out there. Researching local surgeons and their patient reviews will help narrow the decision down. Cost is an obvious factor as many insurance plans will not cover cosmetic surgery. Having a realistic budget set aside will give you the freedom to shop around for the best surgeon in your price range. As most surgeons provide free consultations, it is recommended to visit multiple practices. This gives patients first hand interaction with potential surgeons and the ability to compare procedure pricing. Don’t be afraid to let the surgeon know you are considering other practices in the area. This may lead to additional feedback and possibly discounted pricing.
Ultimately the decision of which cosmetic surgeon is best comes down to one factor; you. Researching the surgeon’s patient reviews, qualifications and education, and pricing all help narrow the choices down. The choice of which surgeon is best for your specific needs is up to you. Initial consultations are the perfect opportunity for you to “interview” the surgeon and get a more personal understanding of them and how they can offer you a renewed sense of healthy self-esteem.