Deciding to have surgery and choosing the right surgeon to perform your procedure can be a very intimidating for some. You want to take every precaution you can to make sure you have the results you are looking for and at the same time you want a surgeon that will take care of you as if you are family.
Here are 5 tips for choosing the right plastic surgeon that should help you from becoming too overwhelmed:
1. Make sure your plastic surgeon is Board Certified.
A Board Certified plastic surgeon is one who has graduated from an accredited medical school, has completed at least five years of additional training as a resident surgeon and has devoted at least two years residency entirely to plastic surgery. Your surgeon has also been required to pass comprehensive written and oral exams in order to become board certified.
2. Choose a surgeon you feel comfortable asking questions and discussing your concerns with.
Most likely you will be scheduling a consultation with a plastic surgeon to talk about what your goals and expectations are. It is very important for you to connect with your surgeon so that you feel confident that you will be safe and well taken care of. Be sure that you feel confident talking to him/her about your concerns and you get all the answers to the questions you have before your surgery.
3. View the surgeon’s before and after photo gallery.
During your consultation, and even before or after you meet with your surgeon, you should take a look at some of his/her work. By looking at before and after photos of other patients who have had similar procedures to what you will be having is a good way to get a an idea if you’ve chosen the right doctor. Many surgeons will have photo galleries on their website or in their office available for you to see by request. Choose a few of the photos you see and like the results and discuss them with your surgeon.
4. Check patient reviews and testimonials for your prospective surgeon.
One of the best ways to get to know your surgeon is to read about other patient’s experiences. There are many different places you can do this including Google, Yelp, RealSelf and other online doctor review websites. Most likely, the doctor will also have testimonials on his/her website for you to review.
5. See if your plastic surgeon has hospital privileges.
This is important because hospitals are very thorough in checking up on providers. Not only do they check the doctor’s background but they keep track of their practice to make sure they are doing what they are supposed to. If the surgeon doesn’t have hospital privileges, this can be a red flag.
The above is not an end all list, but it should get you started.
If you would like more information about Dr. George Hricko, a board certified plastic surgeon in Boston, MA, please feel free to give us a call at 800-999-1639. You can also visit his about page to learn more about his certifications, education history and philosophy.