All too often we’re hearing about people becoming the victims of botched cosmetic surgeries performed by unlicensed and unauthorized criminals. So why aren’t some people taking better care of their health and safety by doing their due diligence in finding an experienced, board certified plastic surgeon to operate on them in a safe and clean environment?
It really doesn’t take that much time and effort to be certain that you’re putting your life in the right hands when choosing to have any type of plastic surgery procedure. The key things to look for in a plastic surgeon when you’re choosing to have surgery are: experience, knowledge and quality of training, facility accreditation, and where the plastic surgeon has hospital privileges.
Experienced plastic surgeons regularly perform a variety of cosmetic procedures, and potential patients should feel comfortable inquiring about the surgeon’s expertise of a particular procedure. The initial consultation is the ideal opportunity for the plastic surgeon and patient to discuss the goals and realistic expectations of the surgery in question, as well as the recovery period and potential risks involved with the surgery. Expect to see your plastic surgeon multiple times after having surgery in order for your surgeon to monitor your progress and results. Your plastic surgeon should also be able to discuss his policies in case there is any need for surgical revisions following your initial procedure.
Seeking a board certified plastic surgeon ensures that the surgeon has completed several extra years of work in plastic surgery and maintains the Boards high standards of ethical and safe practices. The American Board of Plastic Surgery is the only Board that is recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties that certifies surgeons in the specialty of plastic surgery. It is also a good sign that you’re in excellent hands if your surgeon has been invited to become a member of the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons. The membership to this group is by invitation only and confirms that in addition to being board certified, the surgeon has substantial experience in cosmetic surgery.
Your surgery should be performed by your plastic surgeon in an accredited, Medicare-certified or state licensed surgery center or hospital, along with certified and licensed anesthesiologists and nurses. Hospital and surgery center review committees assess the surgeon’s training and experience regarding the specific procedures he’s requesting privileges for before authorizing the surgeon’s hospital or surgery center affiliation.
Regardless of the cosmetic procedure you wish to have, your health and safety should always be your number one priority. Take the time to choose an experienced plastic surgeon to help you achieve your cosmetic goals. The constant care you’ll receive from your surgeon, the office staff, and your results will make you happy you did!
If you are interested in scheduling a plastic surgery consultation with board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Jejurikar, please contact his office at (214) 827-2814.