08 Feb How to Choose the Right Plastic Surgeon for a Facelift or Breast Augmentation
Facelifts and breast augmentations are two of the most popular surgeries around the globe, including at John Park MD Plastic Surgery. Breast augmentations, or enhancing the breasts with breast implants, are in demand for women of nearly all ages. Facelifts are one of the most in-demand cosmetic surgeries for men and women alike, typically starting in a person’s fifties (but also at younger ages!). Cosmetic surgery is a big decision and you deserve to have the absolute best surgeon and medical team taking care of you. The level of care you receive plays a big role in both your safety and the outcome. With so many surgeons seemingly available, how can you find the right match for you?
First, start with the basics. Ensure that the surgeon you are considering is board-certified and current with any requisite licenses. This can vary state to state. Their training, experience, and skills are all vital aspects to be considered. All medical doctors, including plastic surgeons, are required to undergo a minimum number of training hours each year. For those interested in a facelift, breast augmentation, or both, you will want to seek out surgeons who specialize in these two surgeries. Their continuing education should also reflect this prioritization.
What to Look for in a Plastic Surgeon
A cosmetic surgeon who is proud of their work will have a gallery of before and after photos readily available. Considering how popular facelifts and breast augmentations are, it should be very easy for a skilled surgeon to showcase a wide number of before and after photos. Some surgeons opt to have a limited number of before and after photos available online with a much larger portfolio available during consultations.
Consultations are a very important part of finding the right surgeon. Consultations should always be complimentary—you should not have to pay for information at this stage. If a surgeon is asking for a consultation fee, factor this at the time of making the final decision. Bear in mind that a consultation is meant to be educational and informative. It’s a good idea to write down your list of questions prior to the consultation so you don’t miss anything.
Be mindful of the tone of the consultation. Does it seem more like a sales pitch? If so, this could be a red flag. During a proper consultation, you should feel comfortable and the doctor should be committed to helping you learn about the procedures offered and share with you reasonable results that you can expect.
Listen to Your Gut
You can glean some great information online before meeting with a potential surgeon. Third-party sites where you can find reviews and testimonials are sometimes akin to word of mouth recommendations. Those can be very valuable if they are authentic. Be aware that some non-reputable sites have paid reviews, so make sure to vet these sites carefully.
Your consultation is truly the best time for you to gauge if the surgeon is a right fit for you. Once their credentials have been vetted and you have seen at least part of a before and after gallery, it’s time to take the next step. Your intuition plays a big role here. How do you feel after meeting with the surgeon? Were they helpful, engaged, and clearly a leading expert in their field? Is this the surgeon you want taking care of you not just during the procedure but during follow-up appointments? Trust your gut. Remember that a consultation is not a commitment. It is, in fact, the best means of determining whether you’ve found the right fit for you.
Your Dream Surgical Team
At John Park MD Plastic Surgery, we prioritize patient safety and satisfaction. That’s why we offer a transparent model when it comes to consultations, and they are always complimentary. Whether you are considering breast augmentation, a facelift, or a combination of surgeries, you deserve to have only the best taking care of you from start to finish. We understand that this is a big decision and it should not be taken lightly. Get started on your journey by completing the John Park MD Plastic Surgery online form or calling the office today at (949) 777-6883.