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April 3, 2015

How to choose a facial plastic surgeon

young female patient visiting her doctor

young female patient visiting her doctor

You’re ready to have the plastic surgery procedure you’ve been thinking about, and now it’s time to choose the best plastic surgeon. You’ve done some research to narrow things down, but how do you find the right facial plastic surgeon for you? What should you be looking for?

1. Make sure the American Board of Plastic Surgery certifies your plastic surgeon

You can begin your search on the board’s website www.abplsurg.org. Most Board Certified plastic surgeons, like Dr. Ahn who is double Board Certified, are also member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeonswww.plasticsurgery.org.

2. Understand what Board Certified means

Board Certified doctors voluntarily meet additional standards beyond basic licensing. Before a doctor can become Board Certified, they must complete: four years of pre-medical education in a college or university; course work leading to an MD degree from a qualified medical school and three to five years of full-time experience in an accredited residency training program. They must also pass a written examination created and administered by the Member Board in his or her specialty. To maintain Board Certification, a doctor must stay current with the latest advances in his or her specialty and demonstrate best practices for patient safety, communications and ethics.

3. Anticipate and expect a thorough consultation

The best plastic surgery centers will require a consultation before any procedure is performed, and encourage you to ask any and all questions you may have. Always look for a doctor who is willing to spend ample time with you prior to surgery so you feel you will be well cared for before, during and well after the surgery has been performed.

4. Do not look for a bargain

When it comes to plastic surgery, there is no such thing as a bargain. If you find a center offering too-good-to-be-true prices, they probably are. Unethical business people often run these centers. They usually hire poorly trained surgeons who are often still training.

5. Ask to see, and closely examine the surgeon’s before and after photos

A qualified plastic surgeon will be proud to show off their work. Be very wary if your surgeon does not have his or her own photos to show you.