So, you’ve decided perhaps a “nip and tuck” is needed on your face. Where do you begin your search for a facial plastic surgeon that is right for you?
Of course, “word of mouth” is always a good starting point, but there are other questions you need to ask:
1. To whom should you trust your face?
Although many plastic surgeons can do plastic surgery on faces, doesn’t it make sense to consult with a surgeon whose specialty is faces and only faces? It is also recommended that the doctor be a member of the American Academy of Facial Plastics and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) as well. Of course, it should go without saying that the physician should be board certified.
2. What character qualities should the physician have?
While a pleasant personality is a wonderful attribute, it is also important that the physician show compassion and empathy towards his patients; have good judgment; and possess a strong sense of ethics.
3. Is Board-Certification and membership in an academy enough?
Standards from the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery include the requirement that the surgeon must be a graduate of an approved Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) surgical residency program, possess a valid state medical license, undergo a peer-review evaluation of his surgical experience, achieve satisfactory passing of a rigorous written and oral exam, provide references from several other reputable surgeons, and possess a high code of ethics (www.abfprs.org). Therefore, we recommend this added credentialing be part of your consideration of a facial plastic surgeon.
4. Are there other medical areas you need to consider?
- It is suggested that you ask how long the surgeon has been practicing, and how many procedures has he done similar to the surgery you are considering.
- Ask about where the surgeon has privileges. If the doctor does not use a hospital, is the surgery center they use accredited?
- When you visit the practice, how comfortable are you with not only the physician, but with the staff and surroundings?
- Did the doctor, or his staff, discussed all the various options you have for surgery?
Once you feel as if you are ready to discuss all your cosmetic options, contact the region’s only Board Certified and Fellowship-trained Facial Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Daniel Daube, for a complimentary consultation. We believe you’ll find Dr. Daube meets and exceeds all the qualifications and considerations mentioned above. In addition, Dr. Daube practices in an on-site, State of Florida-approved surgical center. Everyone at Gulf Coast Facial Plastics is proud to live up to their slogan: Where Art and Medicine Come Face to Face.©