Things To Consider Before Plastic Surgery

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.©

Choosing the Right Facial Plastic Surgeon for a Facelift

To whom should you trust your face?

Selecting the correct facial plastic surgeon for your facelift or other procedures is essential. Most of us have heard horror stories of procedures gone wrong, and we’ve seen the
images of renowned celebrities who looked anything but natural following an inferior surgery. Whenever you opt to have any procedure performed, understand that while there are some risks
involved, you can greatly reduce those risks by choosing a board-certified, and experienced, physician.

How can you ensure that you pick the right surgeon? Price alone should never be a determining factor; in fact, costs really need to be the last thing you consider. Here are essential aspects to consider when deciding on a suitable facial plastic surgeon.

Credentials:

Not only should your physician be highly credentialed by a recognized association like the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS), but they should also be board-certified, which means the surgeon has completed additional training in this specialty. Dr. Daniel Daube meets and exceeds these requirements in that he is the region’s only Board-Certified and Fellowship-trained Facial Plastic Surgeon.

Experience:

While training and education are of the utmost importance, the physician’s experience is also very significant. Once you are comfortable with the doctor’s qualifications, have a candid conversation with them regarding the numbers of procedures they have done similar to the surgery you are considering. Remember, there are different techniques for conducting facelifts, and at Gulf Coast Facial Plastics, Dr. Daube believes in using the Gold Standard technique.

All procedures offer different pros and cons, and your doctor will advise you accordingly. Don’t forget to inquire about aftercare to get optimum results.

Reviews:

Before you select your surgeon, make certain you check sites like Healthgrades.com, UCompareHealthcare.com, and Google to name just a few. These sites provide patients with an opportunity to critique doctors firsthand. Here you will find people who have gone through procedures like the one you are considering and states whether they were satisfied with the surgeon’s level of competence or not. However, know some reviews may, or may not, be subjective, so take negative reviews into consideration, and then discuss any concerns you may have directly with the doctor.

Communication:

A professional facial plastic surgeon should be someone with whom it is easy to communicate, even about sensitive issues like questionable reviews. In addition, they need to take time to ensure you understand the procedure and the specific techniques used during surgery. You should feel comfortable with the physician and be able to communicate easily with them as well as their staff.

Hospital Privileges:

Most surgeons provide outpatient services, but be certain to ask if the doctor also has hospital privileges. Why is this important? Hospitals do background checks before hiring or permitting a physician to practice on their premises. If a doctor isn’t granted hospital privileges, then that should be a “red flag” to the potential patient.

These are just a few tips when deciding on the right facial plastic surgeon for your needs. Word-of-mouth marketing has been very important in Dr. Daube’s more than 20-year career, so be sure to talk to others about their experiences at Gulf Coast Facial Plastics. We strive to provide quality medical care enhanced by compassion and understanding for the needs of our patients.

The Ins and Outs of Ear Surgery (Otoplasty)

Do your ears stick out too far? Do you have a birth defect or an old sports injury? Maybe your ears are disproportionate to the rest of your features, or you need to have corrective surgery to fix issues from a previous surgery. Otoplasty is the perfect solution to alter your ears so that they are more proportionate with the rest of your features.  

What is Otoplasty?

Otoplasty refers to cosmetic ear surgery, allowing patients to alter the shape, position, or size of their ears. Otoplasty does not change the actual location of your ears or your hearing, so it is considered a cosmetic procedure that includes the resculpting of the ear fold, pinning the ears back closer to the head. Surgery is generally recommended for both ears to ensure best symmetry.

Who is a candidate?

Otoplasty can be an option for people of almost all ages. This procedure can be performed on younger individuals who have experience developmental issues with their ears. It can also be performed on older individuals who may have experienced an injury to the ear or are just unhappy with the look of their ears.

This procedure is a popular way to correct cauliflower ear, or perichondrial hematoma. Cauliflower ear is a common occurrence when athletes neglect to wear protective headgear, causing tissue damage within the ear from repeated battery. Blood clots kill off healthy cartilage, creating thick scar tissue that changes the shape of the ear, especially when new cartilage begins to grow.

What does the procedure entail?

Otoplasty is an outpatient procedure performed within our state-of-the-art surgical facility.
Depending on your case, you may require sedation (local anesthesia) or full general anesthesia. Incisions are typically made both behind the ears and in the inner ears. The cartilage is repositioned, excess cartilage and skin is removed, and then the ear is closed with internal and external stitches as necessary. Some stitches may require removal, but most will safely and easily dissolve on their own. The entire surgery only takes two to three hours for both ears, and you’ll be able to resume regular schedule within just a week.

After the surgery, you may experience some temporary bruising and swelling. Your ears will be bandaged for support and protection. It will take a few days for the swelling to go down. In some cases, additional procedures may be required in order to perfect the shape.

Trusting the professionals, like our team at Gulf Coast Facial Plastics, will greatly minimize risks like scarring, asymmetry from the healing process, and skin sensitivity. We will review your medical history and perform an in-office examination before discussing your treatment options. If you are interested in learning more or want to schedule a consultation, contact us today!