Choosing the Right Plastic Surgeon for a Facelift

Selecting the right plastic surgeon for your facelift procedure is crucial. Most of us have heard horror stories of patients seeking physical cosmetic alterations making a mistake of choosing facial plastic surgeons that disfigure their faces, or even put their lives in danger. These cases have been common even for renowned celebrities. There is no doubt, whenever you opt to go through a surgery, there are risks involved. Distorted physical appearances, or infections, are risks to consider when seeking a solution for your looks.

How can you ensure you pick the right surgeon? Price alone should never be a determining factor; in fact, it needs to be the last point you consider. Here are essential aspects to consider when picking a suitable plastic surgeon:

Credentials

The expert you select for your facelift procedure needs to be highly credentialed by a recognized body like the American Academy of Facial plastic & Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS). Board certification means the surgeon has completed additional training in facial plastic surgery. This may seem obvious, but it is important to select a facial plastic surgeon who has specialized in plastic surgery. Be sure to check the board certification first.

Experience

Training and education isn’t a substitute for experience. You have to work with an experienced surgeon who has successfully completed the cosmetic procedure including the techniques you would like to undergo. The experience is invaluable and helps ensure you get the desired outcome.

It should be noted that many facial plastic surgeons tend to limit their surgery skills to their line of specialty. First, you will have to discuss their experience first to avoid picking the wrong doctor for your condition. Once you are comfortable with their qualifications, consider discussing the side effects, limitations and associated risks of your procedure with the surgeon. Remember, there are different techniques for conducting facelifts; non-surgical and surgical procedures. These procedures offer different pros and cons, and your doctor will advise you accordingly. Don’t forget to inquire about the aftercare to get optimum results.

Reviews

When you read the reviews of past clients you can get an idea of the quality of service a surgeon can offer. Before you can select your surgeon, make sure you check sites like Healthgrades.com, RealSelf, and Google among others that provide patients with an opportunity to critique doctors firsthand. Here you will find people who have gone through procedures like yours and whether they were satisfied with the surgeon’s level of competence or not.

Communication

It is important that you find a facial plastic surgeon with whom you can easily communicate your wants and needs. The professional needs to take time to ensure you understand the procedure or techniques well enough. He or she should answer all your questions including any concerns you may have during consultation before undergoing treatment. It is important you find a surgeon you can easily communicate your wants and needs to.

Hospital Privileges

Most surgeons provide outpatient services, but be sure you ask them if they have hospital privileges. Why is this important? Hospitals do background checks before hiring, or permitting, a doctor to practice on their premises. If a doctor isn’t permitted hospital privileges, then that’s a “red flag” to the consumer.

It is important to consider all these tips when choosing a facial plastic surgeon for your facelift. If you have any questions or concerns, schedule a consultation with Dr. Daube at Gulf Coast Facial Plastics & ENT Center!

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