Safety in plastic surgery should be the main duty of your surgeon. Hence, you must practice due diligence when selecting your doctor, a decision that you should base on his qualifications instead of cheap cost or large discount. Remember, reputable and qualified surgeons will not join the “price war” just to lure patients.
Furthermore, any surgery that is priced way too low generally means there are some compromises. Take note that the cost not just boils down to your surgeon’s fee, but also to other expenses related to anesthesia, staff (including anesthesiologist), surgical facility, lab test, just to name a few.
Leading Los Angeles plastic surgeon Dr. Tarick Smiley shares his tips on how to identify a surgeon who prioritizes safety in plastic surgery.
• The surgeon is a bona fide plastic surgeon. The general rule of thumb is to choose someone who is a member of the American Board of Plastic Surgery, giving you an assurance that he has passed rigorous background check and oral and written exam, which he must take every 10 years.
• Prudent and ethical plastic surgeons carefully select their staff. Furthermore, they only employ a certified anesthesiologist whose job is not just to administer anesthesia (and thus results in a pain-free procedure), but to also observe the patient’s vital signs such as blood pressure, oxygen level, and heart rate during surgery.
• They only perform surgeries in an accredited ambulatory facility. This means that the “surgical setting” has passed rigorous inspections conducted by several certifying agencies (or health authorities). All board certified plastic surgeons are mandated to operate only in an accredited surgical facility.
• Reputable surgeons know how to say no. They always require lab screening and lengthy consultation to identify if you’re healthy for the surgery and its ensuing recovery. Should you have any chronic medical condition, or have unrealistic expectations that you’re just setting yourself up for disappointment, a decent doctor will not operate on you.
• Reputable plastic surgeons exhibit good bedside manner (they listen to your input) and will make every effort to build good rapport. In doing so, their patients tend to be more honest and more cooperative and committed especially during recovery.