Advertisement

How to find the right plastic surgeon

August 23, 2004|by ANDREA ROWLAND

"I think the most important part of getting a good result from plastic surgery is choosing the right surgeon," said plastic surgeon Darrick Antell of New York, spokesman for the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

He and other doctors urged plastic surgery candidates to follow some guidelines for finding the right cosmetic surgeon, including:

· Choose doctors certified to perform plastic surgery. The American Board of Plastic Surgery requires its members to graduate from an accredited medical school, complete a combination of at least five years of general surgery and plastic surgery residency training, and pass comprehensive oral and written exams. Go to the American Board of Medical Specialties' Web site at www.abms.org to find plastic surgery-certified doctors in the Tri-State area. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons' Web site at www.asps.org also can offer ideas.

"All plastic surgeons are not created equally," said Dr. Robert Sigal of the Austin-Weston Center for Cosmetic Surgery in Reston, Va. "You want to find a plastic surgeon who's really good at cosmetic plastic surgery and focuses his life on that."

Advertisement

· Interview about three doctors. In addition to what they tell you, listen for what they're not saying, Sigal said. Trust your intuition. Look closely at their staff members. Odds are they've had work done by their employer. Take note of the surgeon's confidence. And ask to see before and after pictures.

· Don't bargain shop.

"This is one area you want to pay retail," Antell said. "Save money on your toaster, not on your plastic surgery."

The Herald-Mail Articles
|
|
|