Why Choose a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon
Choose a board-certified plastic surgeon and be confident you are in the care of a highly trained surgeon you can trust.
After you've decided to have plastic surgery and you've chosen a great plastic surgeon, you're probably going to get a great result, right? Actually, there is someone else just as essential to a great outcome – you!
The best plastic surgeons take every measure to minimize your risks, but they can't be there with you as you recover, so that's when you're the one in control. If you bend the rules, you could end up with an emergency bleed or other complication requiring emergency surgery or forever impacting your result.
So what can you do to enhance your chances of a smooth recovery?
Some patients experience emotional ups and downs during the recovery phase of surgery. This is normal. Express your feelings to your plastic surgeon and staff, since their job is to support you as you bounce back.
If the results don't meet the ideal that you expected, discuss your concerns at your next visit. No matter the body part, if you have two, one side will be naturally higher, bigger, or different than the other. Our eyes often don't see those mismatches until after surgery, when everything looks new to the eye. Your plastic surgeon can help you distinguish mismatches that occur naturally from those that result from surgery.
Patients who are happy with their results overwhelmingly go into surgery having realistic expectations. The better informed you are before your surgery, the more likely you'll be satisfied with the results of well-done operation. Plastic surgeons can't change your genetics, your tissue tone, or your basic underlying asymmetry, and if you think, your much more likely to be unhappy with your procedure, and that defeats the purpose.
As you look at before-and-after photos of other patients, whether on your plastic surgeon's website or on the ASPS Plastic Surgery Connect referral service, if you love the postop result, ask yourself if you look like the "before" view. If your skin is more stretched out and saggy than the person you are looking at, then it's unlikely you'll get the same results. The better you understand those limits, the more likely you'll be happy with the results.
When you've chosen your board-certified plastic surgeon, congratulations! You're part of the team.
The views expressed in this blog are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.