by Dr. Jeremy Pyle
Your consultation is the first step on the road to meeting your cosmetic surgery goals. Here are a few tips for having a great consultation that will help you choose the right plastic surgeon.
1. Do Your Homework Ahead of Time
Before you meet any plastic surgeons, you should do plenty of research ahead of time. You’ll want to have a good idea about what kind of results are typical from a particular surgeon and whether he or she has a particular field of specialty. You should also know the basics of your procedure so you can come armed with plenty of questions.
2. Ask about Board Certifications
A board certified plastic surgeon voluntarily undergoes extensive training and testing above and beyond basic medical licensure. This shows a higher level of commitment to excellence in the field and patient safety that’s essential for beautiful results. The only board certification of value to a general plastic surgeon is by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.
3. Discuss Pros and Cons
Every surgery carries some risks, and a surgeon who pretends otherwise isn’t being honest with you. Look for plastic surgeons who are open with you about what to expect, both good and bad. You really want a doctor who’s giving you the whole picture, not making unrealistic promises.
4. Trust Your Intuition
Finally, listen to your gut instinct. If you walk into an office that seems perfectly nice but you have a bad feeling anyway, pay attention to those instincts. Similarly, when you meet the right surgeon, you should feel positive and relaxed. Ultimately, you want to feel like you’re in the hands of an expert who has your best interests at heart.