If you are thinking about having a cosmetic procedure or some type of plastic surgery then it is important to know what you should look for in a plastic surgeon before you go any further. The right choice of a plastic surgeon can mean the difference between great results and a procedure that has one too many complications and less than desirable results. In Australia, the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons is the peak body for Specialist Plastic Surgeons. Membership indicates that the plastic surgeon meets the highest standards, both ethically and professionally, in plastic surgery.
During the initial consultation with the plastic surgeon have a list of questions prepared. Evaluate whether the specialist takes the time to answer all of your questions and explain each possible treatment procedure clearly. Eliminate any plastic surgeon who seems rushed, who does not fully address any questions or concerns that you have, or that guarantees a specific result. Even the same cosmetic procedure or plastic surgery can provide different results in different patients, depending on many personal and physical factors involved.
You should feel comfortable with the plastic surgery professional that will be doing the work. Ask how many of the desired procedures, such as breast enlargement or rhinoplasty, are performed each year by the plastic surgeon, and what the typical results are in these cases. Ensure that they can present to you a collection before and after results from previous patients. A reputable professional will be proud to show off their skills. You also need to understand the difference between cosmetic procedures and traditional plastic surgery.
Plastic surgery pricing is important for more reasons than you may think. You want a competitive price that is fair and reasonable for the plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures that you are having. Evaluate the typical pricing range for a procedure and then compare this to what the specific plastic surgeon is charging.
Ensure that your plastic surgeon is well educated and experienced in their field. Your chosen specialist should be up to date on recent advancements in plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures, and they should follow the standard practices in the industry. Ask about their education, membership in industry organizations, and experience. Look at who the certification is from. Sydney Plastic Surgeon Dr Steve Merten is member of ASPS, ASAPS, the RACS and the AMA. Other professionals may only belong to a single organization. Do some research to ensure that the professional has not been the target of numerous complaints, lawsuits, or disciplinary measures.
Successful cosmetic plastic surgery is about making the correct choices for you. See our Cosmetic Surgery Checklist for a comprehensive list on guidelines in finding a safe and reputable surgeon.
For more information, please call us at Pure Aesthetics on 9252 9262, or Contact Us for an appointment to see our Sydney Plastic Surgeon, Dr Steve Merten.