Questions to Ask Your Plastic Surgeon
In Beverly Hills and serving the Los Angeles area
Some people seem to have the impression that cosmetic surgery is not as dangerous or invasive as other types of surgery. Most cosmetic surgery options are considered major operations that are conducted under general anesthesia. During these surgeries, you are putting your life in your doctor’s hands. When seeking a qualified physician you can trust, it is reasonable to ask questions to find out more about the doctor’s abilities.
Ask about education
It is a fact, some medical schools are better than others are and some doctors may not have even attended a medical school in the United States. Find out all the schools your doctor went to ensure adequate schooling.
Education doesn’t end with medical school either, the best cosmetic surgeons on constantly training themselves on the latest techniques and technologies. Ask your doctor about the extra training he or she has done since medical school.
Ask about experience
The number of cases a doctor has performed during his or her career is a good barometer of experience. Technically, any trained medical doctor is capable of performing cosmetic surgical procedures. For surgery on something as important as your face however, you want to seek a specialist who has extensive experience in the procedure you need. Someone who concentrates solely on facial plastic surgery will have adequately honed skills you can trust.
Ask your doctor how long he or she has been in practice. Ask to see some before and after photographs to get a sense of past results. Don’t be afraid to ask about surgeries that did not turn out as the doctor expected, a good surgeon will be open and honest about success rates.
Ask about certifications
Board certifications are a way for doctors to set themselves apart in their specialty. A doctor cannot falsely claim board certification because it is easily verified. To verify certification, contact the American Board of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery or the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery for a list of qualified facial plastic surgeons in your area.
Ask about the facility
Whether you are undergoing inpatient or outpatient surgery, the facility where your surgery is to be performed must be credentialed by the state where it is located. To check a facility’s accreditation status, contact the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Plastic Surgery Facilities (847-949-6058), the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (847-676-9610), or the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (847-916-5600).
Ask about the Dr.’s philosophy
Cosmetic surgery is often not an emergency, and plenty of time should be given to selecting the right physician for your needs. Spend some time with the doctor to get a good sense about his or her over all view on the practice.
As you visit with the doctor, you can find out about the specific procedures available to you to address your aesthetic goals. Information on expected recovery times and potential scarring should also be brought up prior to surgery. These types of conversations help reveal the doctor’s underlying philosophy and ensure that he or she is someone with whom you are comfortable.
Dr. Azizzadeh is a Harvard-trained facial plastic surgeon specializing exclusively in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the face, eyes, and nose. If you are looking for a highly skilled cosmetic surgeon in Beverly Hills, please contact Dr. Azizzadeh today to schedule an initial consultation.