Choosing a reliable plastic surgeon is critical to the success of your procedure. In general, the most reliable plastic surgeons are those who are board certified and who have many years of experience performing the same type of cosmetic surgery you wish to undergo. The consultation visit is your opportunity to determine whether your selected surgeon can be relied upon to deliver positive results.
First, ask about your surgeon's experience level. What specialized training have they had? Did they complete residencies specific to the type of surgery you wish to undergo? Many procedures, like liposuction, can legally be performed by surgeons who have little to no training in this specialty. The most reliable surgeons are those who have extensive training and specific experience. Seek out surgeons who have been certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS), which requires extensive, specialized plastic surgery training.
To find a good plastic surgeon, ask for references from friends or family members who have undergone similar procedures. Look online for reviews of any surgeons you are considering. Ask your surgeon to see before-and-after images of previous patients. However, note that these will be carefully chosen to showcase the doctor's best work.
Don't discount personality or your gut reaction to the surgeon. No matter how highly trained a surgeon may be, it is important that you feel comfortable in their office. Your chosen plastic surgeon should have a communication style and demeanor that fits with your own. A reliable surgeon will take the time to answer all of your questions thoroughly, and will be concerned with your expectations and motivations for the procedure.