Finding an Experienced Cosmetic Surgeon

Cosmetic surgery can help improve the overall quality of your life and boost your self-esteem. Selecting a qualified cosmetic surgeon to help you through this life-changing process can be confusing and overwhelming, especially if there seems to be an endless list of practicing surgeons in your area.

Finding an experienced cosmetic surgeon begins by researching your procedure, asking around for good references, checking credentials and going in for a consultation.

If you're interested in a body contouring or facial plastic surgery procedure, it's best to educate yourself on your procedure. Conduct online research and read about the procedure and try to find out the costs, risks and recovery times. Viewing before and after photos of procedures is also a good way to assess the outcome of the procedure and to make sure it matches your desired outcome. Once you have found a cosmetic surgeon in your area, it is important to make sure they have the necessary credentials and experience. Which medical school(s) did they attend? Where did they complete their training? Is the cosmetic surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery? If so, they are technically a "board-certified plastic surgeon," a medical professional highly trained and experienced in plastic surgery techniques. Visiting their website can give you a feel for their practice and provide you with further information regarding their credentials and experience.

Once you've researched your procedure, found a cosmetic surgeon in your area and made sure the surgeon is board-certified, it's a good idea to go in for a consultation with the cosmetic surgeon. Be sure to prepare a list of questions to ask, view the before and after pictures, observe the office for cleanliness, speak to the staff and get more comfortable with your surroundings. Write down your thoughts immediately after the consultation.

Think about your expectations of the cosmetic surgery. Reflect on your experiences at the cosmetic surgeon's office and determine how you feel. If you feel confident and excited about your decision, you are more likely to be happy with the cosmetic surgeon you have chosen and the surgery's outcome.

There is a significant difference between a doctor who is strictly a "cosmetic surgeon" and one who is a board-certified plastic surgeon. Meet with a board-certified plastic surgeon for a consultation to speak about your goals and to get more insight about what to expect before, during and after surgery. Click here to find a board-certified plastic surgeon near you.