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How to Choose a Surgeon for Cosmetic Procedures

If you have decided to enhance your appearance with cosmetic surgery options such as a tummy tuck, breast augmentation or liposuction, you will need to select a qualified physician to perform these procedures. Most people assume they need to consult a plastic surgeon, but other qualified surgeons have developed expertise and received additional training in cosmetic procedures so that they can offer patients compassionate, exemplary care as well as provide high-quality surgical outcomes. Keep in mind that each specialty field, from neurosurgery to cardiology to plastics, will have doctors at varying levels of skill with differing bedside manners.

Top-notch cosmetic surgeons should not only be good at the procedure you are having done, but should also make themselves available to you for any postoperative questions, concerns or problems you may incur. In addition, great results in cosmetic surgery require artistic talent as well as expertise in surgical technique.

Finding someone you can trust will help you to feel confident and secure in the changes you are about to make. Consider these points as you select a cosmetic surgeon:

Get referrals

One way to find a good surgeon is to talk with family, friends and co-workers. When someone you know has a personal recommendation, that’s a great place to start. If you strike out with this approach, use the Internet to find cosmetic surgeons in your area.

Do your homework

Before selecting a surgeon, research potential physicians. Visit their Web sites and learn more about their practices. Review their credentials, including seminars and continuing education in cosmetics.

Interview top candidates

Once you narrow down the list, schedule a consultation appointment with the front runners. Getting a feel for the office, the support staff, and the doctor’s bedside manner may help you with the decision-making process.

Ask questions

Find out how frequently they perform your desired procedure and how successful their outcomes have been. Ask to look at Before and After photos to see examples of the doctor’s work.

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