The best plastic surgeon for you is one who listens to their patients’ needs and concerns. At Somerset Plastic Surgery, we can help you choose a plastic surgeon by helping you understand their board certifications, credentials, experience, and other factors. Here are some factors to consider when choosing a plastic surgeon: 

1. Board Certification, Credentials, and Training

To find the best plastic surgeon for you, choose a surgeon with the proper board certifications, credentials, and other specialized training. When a plastic surgeon has board certification, it can indicate they have completed the appropriate training and met the required ethical standards. Research a surgeon’s educational training and background to understand their practice and specialization better. Look for a surgeon who has completed residency and has a track record of researching and performing the procedure you are interested in. Find a surgeon with all the necessary qualifications to increase your chances of a safe and effective procedure.

2. Specialization, Experience, and Reviews

Look for a plastic surgeon specializing in the type of procedure you are looking for. Plastic surgery has many different specialization areas, including facial plastic surgery, body contouring, and skin-specific surgery. When choosing a surgeon who specializes in the type of plastic surgery you want, consider the amount of experience the surgeon has. Their experience level can affect the results of your surgery. Ask to see before-and-after photos of patients who have undergone the same surgery. This can give you a sense of the surgeon’s skills and the results you can expect. You can gain an understanding of a plastic surgeon’s skill set, communication, and other aspects through online reviews. A positive reputation and satisfied patients can indicate a surgeon’s competence and professionalism. At Somerset Plastic Surgery, prospective patients can view and explore procedure previews and before-and-after photos through our website.

3. Consultation, Communication, and Cost

Set up a consultation with a surgeon to discuss your goals, concerns, and expectations. Use this opportunity to ask questions about the procedure, the surgeon’s approach, and their recommendations. Pay attention to how well the surgeon listens to you and addresses your concerns. Communication is key in high-risk, detailed processes such as surgery. Choose a surgeon who can clearly explain the procedure, potential risks, and recovery process. You should feel comfortable asking questions and expressing your concerns to your surgeon. Once you feel comfortable speaking with your surgeon, consider asking questions regarding costs and financing. Discuss the cost of the procedure and available financing options. You can also compare pricing with other plastic surgeons in your area. This can help you find a surgeon with fair pricing without compromising your safety and procedure quality. 

4. Facility Accreditation and Location

Verify that relevant organizations, such as the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities or the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, accredit the facility. Facility accreditation can vary from state to state. An accredited facility should follow strict standards for safety and cleanliness, from the equipment they use to the training of their staff. Consider researching the accreditation requirements in your area to make sure the facility meets each requirement. Consider the location of potential surgical facilities, and choose a facility that you can easily travel to for consultations, procedures, and follow-up care appointments. By selecting a facility near you, you can plan ahead for a seamless and safe post-operative transition from the facility to your home. 

5. Procedure Types and Trust

Consider the type of procedure you want and whether you want multiple procedures done at one time. Choose a plastic surgeon who can combine similar plastic surgery procedures to help reduce the amount of time you spend in surgery and at home recovering. By combining surgeries, you can achieve the aesthetic or functional results you want in one appointment. This prevents the need to schedule multiple surgeries over time. Combining surgeries may depend on the procedure’s location, complexity, safety, and the surgeon’s preferences and specialties. Ask your surgeon whether they are willing or able to combine your desired procedures. Plastic surgery procedures can be complex and high-risk, so your surgeon should prioritize safety over efficiency. Make sure you trust your surgeon and ask as many questions as you need until you feel confident in their ability to perform the surgeries. 

Find the Best Plastic Surgeon for You

To choose a plastic surgeon, consider factors such as board certifications, experience, and reviews. Consider the surgeon’s communication skills, prices, facility accreditations, before-and-after photos, and more. At Somerset Plastic Surgery, we can provide plastic surgery procedures for the face, breasts, body, and skin. You can browse our online before-and-after photos to explore how our 40 years of experience impact procedure results. The best plastic surgeon for you is one who listens to your needs and concerns before and after surgery. Contact us today to learn more about our surgeons and plastic surgery procedures.