Anyone who is thinking about getting any kind of cosmetic surgery procedure performed for any reason should really know that they’re making a significant decision. This is the kind of thing that could negatively or very positively impact the rest of their lives and every precaution should be taken. Answers to every relevant question should be known in order to proceed with any procedure so the patient can feel as comfortable with their decision as they possibly can. Too many people take major decisions in their lives way too lightly and if they’re not any worse off because they didn’t somehow backfire on them, then they should consider themselves lucky.
Something as serious as elective, cosmetic surgery is definitely not something that anyone should roll the dice on because the risk to reward factor should always be taken into serious consideration. There aren’t too many risks that involve someone’s life or their physical appearance that they should feel like they can take where the reward of saving money by having a non board-certified surgeon perform the surgery is really worth the possibility of it not being done right. Getting the answers to some very important preliminary questions is easier to do than one may think and in every case, they should be answered before moving forward with any other less-important qualifiers. Finding out in the aftermath after a complication arises that there’s a malpractice judgement against a surgeon, is always something that could have been avoided.
You’ll first of all want to know if the cosmetic surgeon you’re considering is board-certified and you can find that out by going to the American Board of Medical Specialties website and looking their name up there. It’s simple; if they’re listed there they underwent 3-5 years of general surgery training and also subsequently performed 2-3 years of specialized plastic surgery training under the supervision of another board-certified plastic surgeon. After that minimum of 5 years of training and sometimes 8 or more years, they’re required to pass a written exam before they’re able to be certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.
One should visit their State’s Medical Board website and see if there are any malpractice judgments against the surgeon they’re considering. It’s possible for someone to have been board-certified at one time before they exercised poor judgment and were found to have victimized one or more of their patients at some point of their plastic surgery careers. Keep in mind that many people who have gotten botched surgical procedures performed are embarrassed and don’t often like to talk about it either, so any information that you can find on a surgeon could be relevant, even if it’s through an unofficial website where someone claims to be unhappy with the work that was performed on them. Keep in mind though, you never know what a stranger’s agenda is and if you never meet them in person and personally see what they’re unhappy about, it’s not exactly something that you can trust.
It’s easy for someone to get their priorities messed up when they’ve got plastic surgery on their minds, but this is a decision that should never be made without much care and serious precaution. There are many specialists within the plastic surgery field who have a lot more experience with the exact procedure that one could be looking for than others. This could help narrow down the search because if a respected, board-certified facelift surgeon specialist who’s never had any complaints or malpractice suits or judgements against them is located within your area, there may not be any reason to look anywhere else.
It make sense to check to see if the surgeon has hospital privileges because if there are any complications from any of the cosmetic procedures performed, having access to a hospital facility to get the immediate or emergency care that could be required may literally be a life-saver . Problems can come up that are totally unexpected and out of the control of the cosmetic surgeon, but some problems can be caused by the surgeon themselves and in those cases, the results can be tragic. It’s easy to get carried away by thinking about the horror stories but the fact of the matter is that happy cosmetic surgery patients by far outweigh those who aren’t happy with the work they’ve had done. It’s just important to know as much about who is going to be performing the procedure as one possibly can, because this kind of decision is to say the very lest, a very important one.