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How to Choose the Right Cosmetic Surgeon

The decision to undergo cosmetic surgery is a serious one, and it is important to choose an experienced surgeon who specializes in the procedure you are seeking. As with other medical procedures, cosmetic surgery does carry risks.

Ensure that the plastic surgeon is a member of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons or the American Academy of Dermatology. Also, WebMD recommends obtaining this key information from a potential surgeon:

  • The surgeon’s area of expertise
  • Whether the surgeon has performed the procedure many times
  • How long the surgeon has been practicing
  • Where the procedure takes place
  • Whether the surgeon uses a certified surgical facility with board-certified anesthesiologists, up-to-date emergency equipment and anesthesia-monitoring devices
  • The total price of the surgery, including fees for the operating room, anesthesia and other charges
  • Whether the surgeon can provide before-and-after pictures of other patients
  • Whether the surgeon is courteous, encourages you to ask questions and takes the time to answer your questions and give realistic answers
  • Your financial responsibility if a second, or revisionary, surgery is needed

Although there may be other reasons to exclude a surgeon, avoid a surgeon who:

  • Does not routinely perform the procedure you are considering
  • Dismisses the risks of cosmetic surgery and refuses to discuss potential complications
  • Guarantees results
  • Does not provide before-and-after photos of patients
  • Does not allow you to ask questions
  • Offers bargains or gimmicks as incentives
  • Does not offer post-operative care

As more doctors digress from their specialties to perform lucrative cosmetic surgeries, it is critical to choose a qualified surgeon for such an important life change. If you believe you have been the victim of medical malpractice, contact an experienced New Jersey personal injury attorney who can fight for your rights.

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