How to Choose the Best Plastic Surgeon For You
The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the only national organization of board-certified plastic surgeons specializing in cosmetic surgery, offers ASAPS Guidelines for Patients – How to Find the “Right” Cosmetic Plastic Surgeon on their website as listed below:
A doctor’s board-certification is the best indicator of his or her training in a particular medical or surgical specialty. Look for certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS), the only Board recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) to certify doctors in the specialty of plastic surgery.
Check ASAPS Membership:
ASAPS membership ensures that a doctor not only is ABPS-certified (or, in Canada, certified in plastic surgery by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.) but also has significant experience in cosmetic surgery. ASAPS membership is by invitation only.
Check Facility Accreditation:
Cosmetic surgery can safely be performed in a hospital, a surgical center or an office-based surgical facility. Another advantage of selecting an ASAPS member is that all ASAPS surgeons operate in accredited, state-licensed or Medicare-certified facilities.
Check Hospital Privileges:
Before granting operating privileges, hospital review committees evaluate a surgeon’s training and competency for specific procedures.
Check Reliable Sources:
Asking a patient’s primary care doctor for recommendations is a good place to start, and friends may offer suggestions; but the surgeon’s board-certification should always be verified independently by contacting the American Board of Plastic Surgery.
The plastic surgery consultation is an important opportunity for questions to be asked and answered. It should include a candid discussion of risks as well as benefits of the surgery. A thorough consultation also involves a review of medical history including any existing medical conditions. All these factors help the surgeon to custom-tailor the operation to best meet the needs of each patient.
Patient satisfaction is enhanced when surgeon and patient candidly discuss goals, agree on realistic expectations, and plan the course of the surgical journey together.
Experienced aesthetic plastic surgeons generally perform a wide range of cosmetic surgeries on a regular basis. Patients should ask about the surgeon’s experience with the particular procedure being considered.
Check Follow-up Care:
Good surgical care does not end with the surgery. Patients should inquire about follow-up visits and about the doctor’s policies should surgical revisions be necessary.
Keep in mind that costs may vary considerably depending on geographic region, surgeon experience and individual patient factors. Patients should note that cosmetic surgery usually is not covered by insurance. Learn more about how to compare different surgical quotes with our guide for understanding each part of your estimated cost.
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Dr. Slenkovich is a double board-certified plastic surgeon with years of experience performing sophisticated procedures for the face, breast and body. Proud of his reputation as one of the leading Denver plastic surgeons, he regularly attends continuing education classes and seminars to remain abreast of the latest developments in the field of plastic surgery. This commitment allows Dr. Slenkovich to use leading-edge techniques and technologies when performing procedures such as liposuction, tummy tuck and breast augmentation in Denver. In addition, he specializes in various facial rejuvenation treatments and has helped numerous rhinoplasty and body sculpting patients in Denver realize their dreams of a more energetic facial appearance. Contact us today to schedule your personalized consultation.