If you ever consider plastic surgery as an option – either for aesthetic purposes or for medical reasons – it is important to know who your plastic surgeon is – and whether they possess certain characteristics and a certain skillset. Plastic surgery is a big step to take, as is any surgical operation. Seriously considering plastic surgery, or any surgical treatment, must be considered with consequences in mind – consequences that can occur if something goes wrong in the operating room, or while healing. Because of this, it is important to choose your plastic surgeon wisely, and to ask them a certain set of questions before you go for your surgery.
A good plastic surgeon is intelligent, creative, and demonstrates patience and perseverance – especially when it’s a complex process, which can last for hours at a stretch. The surgeon must also be versatile and flexible, because of unpredictable working hours.
The first and foremost thing you should look for while looking up your prospective surgeon is whether they are accredited by the official Board in your country – like the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, or the American Board of Plastic Surgery, for example. Approaching a board certified plastic surgeon is recommended because this means that they are legally allowed to practice their profession – and that they are experienced in their fields. Being a board-certified surgeon also means that they are continually required to renew their license to continue practicing; so you know that they are constantly learning and bettering themselves and their techniques, making them more experienced and more efficient than surgeons who haven’t been board certified yet.
When approaching your prospective plastic surgeon, one important thing to remember is to make sure that they are comfortable with what you would like to get done; and whether they have free time, and what their schedules are.
While talking to your prospective surgeon, another question to ask them is how long they normally remain in surgery – and if they are capable of remaining in the operating theatre for hours at a time and still maintain a certain level of energy and stamina.
Choosing the right surgeon is important – especially because a skilled surgeon can work wonders on your body, whereas an unskilled surgeon can make the problem worse for you – and to make sure the healing process goes smoothly, it is imperative to make sure that your prospective surgeon is someone who follows up on your treatment as well, to make sure that nothing has gone wrong.
One of the first places you can start looking is online – for most plastic surgeons have their own websites that provide details about their services, and some websites may provide testimonials and other client/patient experiences.
Dr. Oleh Slupchynskyj is a double board certified surgeon – and is experienced in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery – and is the founder of the Aesthetic Institute of New York and New Jersey. Having an online profile, and a famous reputation, ensures that you will be able to know about his past patients, and the experience he has in the field.