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Steps to Finding the "Right" Cosmetic Plastic Surgeon

The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the only national organization of board-certified plastic surgeons specializing in cosmetic surgery, offers ASAPS Guidelines for Patients - How to Find the "Right" Cosmetic Plastic Surgeon:

Check Board-Certification

A doctor's board-certification is the best indicator of his or her training in a particular medical or surgical specialty. Look for certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS), the only Board recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) to certify doctors in the specialty of plastic surgery.

Check ASAPS Membership

ASAPS membership ensures that a doctor not only is ABPS-certified (or, in Canada, certified in plastic surgery by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.) but also has significant experience in cosmetic surgery. ASAPS membership is by invitation only. To ensure that the doctor is a member, visit the ASAPS database, Find-a-Surgeon.

Check Facility Accreditation

Cosmetic surgery can safely be performed in a hospital, a surgicenter or an office-based surgical facility: Current published data show that accredited office-based facilities have a safety record comparable to that of hospital ambulatory surgery settings. However, the majority of office-based surgical facilities are not accredited. Another advantage of selecting an ASAPS member is that all ASAPS surgeons operate in accredited, state-licensed or Medicare-certified facilities.

Check Hospital Privileges

Before granting operating privileges, hospital review committees evaluate a surgeon's training and competency for specific procedures. Wherever the surgery will be performed, be sure that the surgeon has operating privileges in an accredited hospital for the same procedure being considered.

Check Reliable Sources

Asking a patient's primary care doctor for recommendations is a good place to start, and friends may offer suggestions; but the surgeon's board-certification should always be verified independently by contacting the American Board of Plastic Surgery ( Free referral information to board-certified plastic surgeons with significant experience in cosmetic surgery can be found on Find-a-Surgeon. ASAPS' web site, also offers extensive information about cosmetic surgical procedures.

Check Thoroughness

The consultation is an important opportunity for questions to be asked and answered. It should include a candid discussion of risks as well as benefits of the surgery. A thorough consultation also involves a review of medical history including any existing medical conditions. All these factors help the surgeon to custom-tailor the operation to best meet the needs of each patient.


2010-02-21 10:56:17 by pink-diamond

Make sure they are board certified

Plastic Surgeons and belong to the American board of plastic surgeons(it holds them to a higher standard)
Make sure they are using thier own before and after pictures.
If a place sounds too good to be true, like cheap deals, it usually is.
Try and find a referral from friends, other Dr's
Always get a second opinion
go to makemeheal.com and do google searches to find out everything that could happen for your surgery
dont smoke at all
Arnica Montana is a homeopathic medicine to prevent bruising, I believe you start right before surgery and continue until you are healed.
Good Luck!!!

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