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How to Choose a Plastic Surgeon

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If you are considering making improvements to your body through plastic surgery, you probably have spent a lot of time thinking about the kinds of improvements you'd like to make. How much time have you spent thinking about the skill and credentials of the plastic surgeon himself, though? This is even more important to your ultimate outcome. If the surgeon is unqualified or has a history of bad performance, you need to know this so that you do not put your life and future into his hands and regret it.

What should patients look for in a plastic surgeon? Here are 5 questions you need to have answered satisfactorily before you decide on a surgeon:

Is the surgeon board certified?

The American Board of Plastic Surgery, Inc. ensures that board certified plastic surgeons have graduated from an accredited medical school and have completed at least 5 years worth of training as resident surgeons in a program accredited by either the Accreditation Council for Medical Education or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. These physicians must also have spent at least two of their 5 years of residency concentrating entirely on plastic surgery and, after this residency, they must pass both comprehensive written and oral exams. This certification must be maintained over time as well.

If the surgeon you are considering is not board certified, find another surgeon.

Does the surgeon have experience with the procedures you want done?

You want a plastic surgeon who is entirely familiar with and proficient at the procedure you are considering. He should be an expert. Ask your surgeon how many times he's performed this procedure and if he is still performing it regularly.

If your surgeon has not performed your procedure successfully hundreds or thousands of times, find another surgeon.

What does the surgeon's prior work look like?

This is important because you need to know that you like your surgeon's work. Not all breast augmentations or tummy tucks look the same. Ask to see before and after photos of previous patients and compare them to what you want done on yourself. Are the results consistent over time? Look to see how patients with similar body types to yours look like after surgery.

If you do not like the look of your surgeon's previous work, find another surgeon.

Are you comfortable with the surgeon as a patient?

Do you feel easy confiding your medical history to this surgeon and telling him what you want for your body? Do you trust him to listen to you throughout the plastic surgery process? Will he take the time to explain what will happen?

If the answers to any of those questions are no, find another surgeon.

Is the surgeon's operating facility accredited?

Your surgeon's operating facility should be AAAASF accredited. AAAASF accreditation is the gold standard for patient care, and, in order to achieve AAAASF accreditation, a facility must be entirely compliant with all standards. AAAASF board certified medical specialists conduct inspections of surgical facilities, following a carefully designed inspection procedure that covers the following categories:

  • General environment
  • Operating room environment, policies and procedures
  • Recovery room environment, policies and procedures
  • General safety in the facility
  • Blood and medications
  • Medical records
  • Quality assessment/quality improvement
  • Personnel
  • Anesthesia

During surgery your safety depends in large part on the anesthetist and the operating facility. If the answer to the question, "Is your operating facility AAAASF accredited?" is no, find another plastic surgeon.

At Bancroft Feldman our surgeons, Drs. Bancroft and Feldman, are board certified and they specialize in the surgeries they perform, having performed them thousands of times. Our operating room is AAAASF accredited, and we are here to answer all of your questions. If you are considering having plastic surgery done in the Houston area, please call us to schedule your consultation today. We would be more than happy to take the time to answer all of your questions about the procedure you are considering. 

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