So, you’ve decided that perhaps a “nip and tuck” is needed on your face. Where do you begin in your search for a plastic surgeon that’s 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?
Whereas many plastic surgeons can do facial plastic surgery, doesn’t it make sense to consult with a surgeon whose specialty is faces, and only faces? These specialists should be members of the American Academy of Facial Plastics and Reconstructive Surgery, Inc. as well.
#2: What qualities should the physician have?
A facial plastic surgeon should, of course, be board certified. And, while a pleasant personality is a wonderful attribute, it is also important that the physician show compassion and empathy, good judgment and possess a strong sense of ethics.
#3: Is “Board Certification” enough?
With the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 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 by several other reputable surgeons and possess a high code of ethics (www.abfprs.org). So, we recommend this added credentialing be part of your consideration.
#4: Are there other areas you need to consider?
- You may want to ask how long the surgeon has been practicing, and how many procedures has he done similar to the surgery you are considering.
- Where does the surgeon have privileges? And, if not in a hospital, is the surgery center accredited?
- How comfortable are you with not only the physician, but with the staff and surroundings?
- Have all the various options for the surgery been carefully explained to you?
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 that Dr. Daube meets, and exceeds, all the qualifications and considerations mentioned above. In addition, Dr. Daube practices in an AAAASF Certified Ambulatory Surgical Facility. Everyone at Gulf Coast Facial Plastics and ENT Center is proud to live up to their slogan: “Where Art and Medicine Come Face to Face.” ©