Read Reviews When Selecting Your Cosmetic Plastic Surgeon!
By Miguel Delgado, M.D.
One of the most important qualifications to look for when choosing a cosmetic plastic surgeon is Board Certification in Plastic Surgery. A Board Certified Plastic Surgeon has had extensive training in plastic surgery. It is important to know this because a medical doctor can legally say he/she is a plastic surgeon but not Board Certified in plastic surgery. You can look for Board Certified Plastic Surgeons in your area by going to the website of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
Miguel Delgado, M.D. recommends that once you have selected surgeons in your area to go to their websites and view their before and after pictures of patients that have had the procedure done that you are interested in. This can give you a good idea of results that you can expect. However, Miguel Delgado, M.D. suggests that you don’t stop there.
The internet gives us great opportunities to get access to information that only a few years ago were not available. There have been many great websites developed that help us make important decisions. The popularity of reviews made by people that have either purchased an item or experienced a service helps others make informed decisions.
In the selection of a doctor, there are multiple websites that give an abundance of information on the doctor and his/her staff. Most sites give patient evaluations such as; was it easy to make an appointment? Was the staff friendly and helpful? Did the doctor spend enough time with you or did you feel rushed? Were you happy with your surgical results? Did you feel your follow up care was adequate? And much more.
Some of the most popular sites that have patient ratings are:
When reviewing these sites, remember no one is perfect, and there will be some bad reviews. This is to be expected as it is impossible to please all the people all the time! Look at the general trend of the reviews and note that 4 stars out of 5 possible stars would be a good rating.
Once you have narrowed down your search, Miguel Delgado, M.D. recommends that you see two or three surgeons in consultation. Now that you have done your homework, any of the surgeons you have picked are probably a good choice, now you want one that you feel comfortable with.