Choosing to undergo cosmetic or plastic surgery is a personal and life changing decision, which is why it is very important that you do your research before committing. Who you choose as your plastic surgeon is probably the most important decision you will make. Read on for some things you should consider before scheduling your surgery.
Is your Plastic Surgeon Board Certified?
One of the most important questions you can ask during a consultation is if the surgeon is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). This is to ensure that the surgeon has the needed training and experience specifically in plastic surgery. Board Certified plastic surgeons must go through 6-9 years of plastic surgery training and are highly skilled in all plastic surgery procedures.
Review Your Surgeon’s Experience
You should also ask how often your surgeon performs the procedure you are considering. Experience and expertise in the procedure are crucial to achieving optimal results. Experienced surgeons will perform the procedure regularly, publish medical journals, perform research, and teach and train others in the procedure.
View Before and After Photos
During your consultation, ask to see before and after photos of other patients who have had the procedure with that surgeon. This will help you to get an idea of what outcomes to expect with your surgery. And if a surgeon refuses to show you before and after photos, that is a big red flag. Surgeons should be proud of their work, and openly share the results with prospective patients.
Seek a Second Opinion
It is always a smart idea to seek a consultation with other board certified plastic surgeons to hear other opinions and receive additional perspectives. This will give you the opportunity to go with the surgeon that you feel most comfortable with.
If you are interested in cosmetic or plastic surgery in the Maryland area, contact our office today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Ehrmantraut. Dr. Ehrmantraut is a board certified plastic surgeon skilled in plastic and cosmetic surgery of the face, breast, and body, as well as reconstructive surgery.