How do I choose the right cosmetic surgeon?
Certainly you want a surgeon who has the proper qualifications. But what qualifications should you look for? When searching for a plastic surgery doctor, you need to look for several qualifications. The surgeon should be specialty trained in the specific area that concerns you. For facial procedures, a facial plastic surgeon is trained as a head and neck surgeon prior to completing their subspecialty training in plastic surgery of the face. A general plastic surgeon’s training is in general surgery and then their training continues in general plastic surgery. This experience is optimal for all breast and body cosmetic surgery procedures. Each plastic surgery subspecialist should be certified by their specific boards and are often certified by two boards. A facial plastic surgeon by The American Board of Otolaryngology (Head and Neck surgery)and The American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and a general plastic surgeon by The American Board of Surgery and The American Board of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Once you have verified your physicians training and experience performing the desired procedures, evaluate their outcomes. The physician should make examples readily available to a prospective patient by sharing before and after photos and actual patients. References from past patients are also a common request. Click here to read more about Dr. Gordon’s and Dr. Restifo’s qualifications.