How To Choose a Plastic Surgeon
When deciding to have cosmetic surgery, finding the best plastic surgeon should be a priority. Your choice in a surgeon will be a decision that impacts you for years to come. A successful procedure can give you greater confidence and satisfaction. Conversely, choosing an inexperienced or underqualified surgeon increases your risks of poor results and complications, which can lead to additional costs, corrective surgeries, and heartache. Follow the steps below to make sure you are choosing the best surgeon for you.
Make Sure Your Surgeon is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon.
“Are you board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS)?”
The American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) is the only Board recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) to certify physicians in the specialty of plastic surgery. To become board certified, a physician must prove his expertise in a specific specialty by passing a written examination, oral examination, obtaining peer reviews from plastic surgeons serving on the Board, and showing a commitment to patient safety and ethical care. Dr. Conrad Tirre is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He is also an active member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Moreover, he is also Fellowship trained in Microsurgery and Hand Surgery and has his Subspecialty Certificate in Surgery of the Hand.
This question is of particular importance because in the specialty of plastic surgery, many doctors with general surgery or other medical training, even being board certified in other specialties, can provide cosmetic services. The government does not require a surgeon to be specifically trained in the procedures they offer. To ensure that your physician has shown expertise in plastic surgery, make sure they are board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS).
Is the Plastic Surgeon Experienced in the Specific Procedure/s You Are Considering?
“Are you trained in the procedure I am considering?”
“How many years have you been performing this procedure?”
“How many times have you performed this type of procedure?”
Choose a surgeon who is board certified in plastic surgery and has substantial experience in the procedure/s that you are considering. As you can imagine, each area of plastic surgery requires a different skill set and there are subspecialties within plastic surgery.
Is the Plastic Surgeon’s Work Aesthetically Pleasing to You?
“Can you show me Before and After photos of the procedure/s I am considering?”
Viewing Before and After photos will give you a sense of the surgeon’s aesthetic sense to determine if the results are appealing to you. Look at several before and after photos to ensure a consistent result among patients. Also, look for shapes close to your own to determine if this is your desired outcome.
Learn About the Operating Facility.
“Where do you perform the surgery?”
“Is the facility accredited?”
“What are the qualifications of the anesthetist?”
Plastic surgery can be performed in a hospital, surgery center, or in an office surgery suite. Ensuring that your surgery will be performed in an accredited facility will give you piece of mind knowing that key life support systems are in place for emergencies.
Also, the qualifications of your anesthetist matter. Look for either a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) or a Board-Certified Anesthesiologist.
How Does the Plastic Surgeon and Staff Make You Feel?
Just because the plastic surgeon is board certified and has adequate experience in the procedure/s you are considering, does not mean they are the surgeon for you. Take the time to find someone who makes you feel comfortable, safe, and understands your desired outcomes. The staff and office are important too! Here are few questions to ask yourself before making your decision on a plastic surgeon:
- Is the staff friendly and helpful?
- When I contact the office, do I receive a prompt reply?
- Is the quote I received all-inclusive? Did I receive a detailed explanation? Was financing offered and explained?
- Were the risks and benefits of surgery fully explained?
- Do I trust the surgeon to keep me safe and to understand my expectations and goals?
- Do I feel comfortable with the surgeon to ask questions and disclose personal information?
- Was this surgeon recommended by someone who had a good experience?
- Was follow up care discussed?
To schedule your complimentary consultation with Dr. Tirre call 303.832.3965.