Posted on April 20, 2020 in About Dr. Janetzke
Choosing to undergo a cosmetic procedure shouldn’t be an overnight thought. While chasing your dreams and desires is an admirable thing, keep in mind that you’ll live with your decision to undergo plastic or cosmetic surgery for the rest of your life. Similarly, your choice of cosmetic surgeon plays an instrumental role in shaping your journey and end results. That’s why it’s important to consider these different factors as you select a cosmetic surgeon for your chosen procedure.
Is your cosmetic surgeon board certified?
A board-certified cosmetic surgeon comes with some guarantees — first, that they’ve completed the necessary training and testing metrics to ensure that they have the right skills and knowledge. Second, they’re beholden to certain ethics and standards of practice set by their board. Third, that there’s recourse for reporting them if you receive substandard care. To find a board-certified cosmetic surgeon, it’s best to search their board’s respective website to double-check and also learn more about what you can expect from their board certification.
Confirm your surgeon’s experience level
Cosmetic surgery is a wide scope of practice with each area demanding different skills. For instance, breast augmentation surgeries are quite different from facial cosmetic procedures such as rhinoplasty. Once you’ve identified your area of interest, ensure that your surgeon has substantial experience in the specific procedure that you want. You should also ask about how many times they’ve performed the cosmetic procedure and their success rates. When choosing a cosmetic surgeon, keep in mind that certain surgeons will specialize in different procedures, so you shouldn’t choose a cosmetic surgeon who specializes in tummy tuck when you’re opting for a facelift, for example.
Does your surgeon make you feel comfortable?
Pay attention to how your cosmetic surgeon interacts with you and other clients. Face-to-face interviews will help you gauge their interpersonal skills. Cosmetic surgery is a big decision that requires constant and clear communication between you and your cosmetic surgeon. It’s important to feel entirely comfortable with your cosmetic surgeon and be able to talk about your desires and needs. During your appointment sessions, ask yourself if you enjoy spending time with your cosmetic surgeon. Do you feel comfortable asking your cosmetic surgeon any questions about your body and cosmetic goals? If your answer is yes, then you are on the right track.
Recommendations are valuable
It would help put you at ease if you saw your cosmetic surgeon’s ability first-hand. If you have a friend who just had a cosmetic procedure, and you loved the results, they should be an excellent starting point to ask for referrals. However, keep in mind that various cosmetic surgeons are skilled in different sub-specialties. So, a cosmetic surgeon who worked great for your friend may not be ideal for you. Make sure to use your judgment and check online reviews as well.
Find a second opinion
Each cosmetic surgeon uses different techniques to achieve specific results. Ask your first prospective surgeon what approaches they plan to use in your specific case. You might also want to browse their before-and-after gallery to see what you would expect of them. Consider seeking more opinions from several other cosmetic surgeons to compare their abilities and techniques and choose one that you feel most comfortable following.
Learn about the operation facility
Your safety during your procedure mainly depends on the facility and the team in charge of your surgery. Confirm where you’ll be having the operation, what you can expect, and what permissions your cosmetic surgeon has. If your surgery can only be performed at a facility that doesn’t have a great reputation or the tools needed, this can be a red flag.
Schedule a Consultation
The best way to learn more about each cosmetic surgeon and how they can help is by scheduling a consultation. We invite you to contact our Birmingham office by calling or filling out our online form to meet with Dr. Ellen and get started.
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