How to choose a cosmetic surgeon

After deciding to undergo cosmetic surgery, you must choose a surgeon that is the right fit for your needs. There are a couple of key factors to consider, including the medical training and the surgical experience of the doctor. For example, procedures such as a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) or breast enlargements are very invasive surgical procedures and should only be performed by a trained professional. Rhinoplasty (nose surgery) and facelifts are extremely delicate procedures that require a great deal of surgical skill.

Board certification is a vital criterion of a cosmetic surgeon because it means that your surgeon will have completed between three to five years of proper training in general surgery in addition to several years specific to cosmetic surgery. Also, plastic surgeons that are board certified also need to take continued education courses and take a written exam every ten years.

After you have interviewed at least two different surgeons and confirmed that they are board certified and a member of a professional organization such as the American Society of Plastic Surgeons or the American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, then you can continue with other important criterion.

Some important questions to ask and observations to note:
1. What type of cosmetic surgery is the doctor considered an expert?
2. How many years in practice?
3. Do you find the surgeon friendly? Yet professional and confident?
4. Does the surgeon encourage you to ask questions?
5. Where will the surgery be performed?
6. Total cost? (Including: operating room, surgeons/anesthesia fees, and other charges).
7. What are the financial implications, if further surgery is needed?

In addition, look for a cosmetic surgeon who will spend dedicated time with you, discussing your procedure, results, and finances, in addition to explaining the potential risks and recovery time associated with the surgery.


Also, check with your local state’s medical board to verify the certification, license and education of the surgeon.

Avoid cosmetic surgeons that:
1. Guarantee results.
2. Is not respectful and courteous to you.
3. Does not make you feel comfortable.
4. Unable to show you before and after results of previous patients.
5. Dismisses the risks and complications associated with surgery.
6. Is not involved in your post-operative care.
7. Offers “bundle” deals and/or bargain prices.

Keep in mind that cosmetic surgery is a very competitive field and not one single factor will determine the best doctor for your medical procedure, specific need and expectations. Do your research, as this is not a decision to make lightly.Please visit