With advancements in training and technology, plastic surgery is accepted by almost everyone as an option for looking and feeling better. Plus, the training and technology has made it safer and more affordable than ever.
The growing demand has provided the opportunity for more providers to offer procedures, and the options for patients are very diverse and sometimes confusing.
It is a good idea for patients to consider some very important factors before making a choice or deciding to go further. Like anything else, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” So, doing some research is helpful in making the right decisions. Checking to see if the doctor and the facility are certified is always a good idea and takes very little time or effort. In fact, you can get this information from the doctor's office.
If you would like a board certified physician, considered to be the most highly trained, then check to see if the surgeon is an ASPS member, which means they are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. This is the only board recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties certifying surgeons in plastic surgery.
Which facilities does the surgeon use? Patients can choose surgeons who operate in accredited facilities and have privileges at hospitals to perform surgical procedures.
By choosing an ASPS member, patients know the physician graduated from an accredited medical school and completed at least five years of additional residency, usually three years of general surgery and two years of plastic surgery.
To ensure patient safety, the ASPS established a committee to study issues related to office-based surgical facilities. More than 60% of plastic surgery procedures in 2000 were performed in an office-based facility.
As a further safeguard for patients, the ASPS requires all members who perform surgery under anesthesia to do so in an accredited, licensed or Medicare-approved facility.
As more and more Americans choose plastic surgery to maintain or enhance their appearance, they need to do some homework.
Questions To Ask When Choosing A Plastic Surgeon
Are you certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery?
Do you have hospital privileges to perform this surgery?
Where and how will you perform my surgery?
Is the surgical facility accredited or in the process of being accredited by a national or state-recognized accrediting organization?
What are the risks involved with my procedure?
How long of a recovery period can I expect, and what kind of help will I need during my recovery?
Will I need to take time off work? If so, how long?
How much will my procedure cost?
Are financing options available?
These might seem like tough questions, but relax; they will benefit you and put your mind at ease so you can enjoy the great benefits of cosmetic surgery and the lowest risk of complications.