When considering plastic surgery, it is common for patients to feel overwhelmed by the dizzying array of options available. In a field where there are so many options, all of the same core “products” of plastic surgery, deciding on the right surgeon can be confusing. Fortunately there are some helpful reminders that the providers of Atlanta Plastic Surgery, P.C. often discuss with patients that may help put their minds at ease when trying to choose a surgeon.
Credentials: Just as a resume is used when a candidate is applying for a job, a plastic surgeon’s credentials should be carefully considered as if you are the employer and they are applying for the job of being your qualified candidate. Having a medical degree means the basic mandatory requirements were met; however being board certified in a particular field (i.e. plastic surgery) is a distinguished honor that comes with even more rigor and not all surgeons possess. Board certification requires not only extensive education and training, but also years of experience in a specialized practice. It is the best indicator of a doctor’s expertise in a particular medical or surgical specialty. There is added comfort in knowing the cosmetic or reconstructive surgery procedure you choose will be performed by a surgeon who is highly-trained, knowledgeable, and has many years of experience perfecting and practicing the intricacies of the procedure. When your health is at risk, having the best reduces chances of complications that can be associated with an unqualified surgeon.
Reviews: Patient reviews of a surgeon and their work can give patients added insights, as insights from professionals only tell part of the story. A recent study in the January issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery® surveyed patients about the factors that were of the most importance in their choice of a plastic surgeon. In the various response scenarios, patients listed surgeon experience as the most influential attribute. By viewing before and after photos and reading about the experiences of previous patients, one can become familiar with a surgeon’s personality and work before having an actual consultation. It is important, however, to be mindful that reviews can be exaggerated or have key facts omitted. Ultimately, the best indicator for your decision should be based on an actual meeting with the surgeon. Any procedure is an important decision and the surgeon chosen should be trusted when providing the best care and results possible.
Since our founding in 1968, Atlanta Plastic Surgery has been recognized throughout the medical community as the Southeast’s premier cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery center. With over forty years of experience and seven highly qualified board-certified plastic surgeons on staff, we are devoted to providing our patients with the highest quality care.
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