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How to Choose the Best New York City Plastic Surgeon

Ava Lawson | June 8, 2013 | Posted in Body

You have probably heard names of some of the best cosmetic surgeons in NYC, but how do you narrow your choices down to the one that is perfect for you? Here is some important advice on how to pick a plastic surgeon.

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Look for specific credentials

Almost every doctor is “board certified,” but experts say you should look for a doctor that is specifically certified in plastic surgery by the American Board of Plastic Surgery or the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Professional affiliation can also be a good indicator of a quality plastic surgeon, and organizations like the American Society of Plastic Surgeons have stringent requirements for their members. You should also make sure that the surgeon’s license is current and in good standing. State licensing boards carry information about the status of physicians’ licenses, including whether they have been subject to any disciplinary measures.

Find out if they specialize in your surgery

The best cosmetic surgeons in NYC usually have education in a broad range of procedures, but many doctors specialize in one or two particular areas. Find out how much experience a surgeon has with the specific surgery you are looking to have done, and also how recent that experience is. You should also do photo research, looking at before and after photos of patients who went for the procedure you’re considering. If you can find them, photos of patients who look like you may give the best indication of how the surgery will turn out.

Check out the facilities where you will be operated on

Medical facilities used for a plastic surgery should be accredited by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF), the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) or the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO). Facilities should also have a state license. In addition to the surgical facility, your surgeon should also have hospital privileges so he or she can treat you at a hospital in case of any complications. Hospital privileges also mean that a surgeon’s colleagues consider the doctor safe and competent to work in a hospital facility.

Ask around

The most reliable way of finding out about cosmetic surgeons from a patient’s perspective is to ask someone you know. Beware of online forums, where unscrupulous doctors can post positive reviews of their practice under fake screen names. If you have a friend or acquaintance who you know has had work done, ask them about the procedure they had, who their surgeon was, and whether or not they were happy with the outcome. You may also benefit from asking your general practitioner or another doctor you trust for their recommendations.

Get second opinions

Do not be afraid to talk to more than one cosmetic surgeon about your surgery. Different doctors may provide you with different perspectives and options – and different prices. If one plastic surgeon sets prices much lower than average, it could reflect an unacceptable reduction in the quality of care you would get if you payed a regular price. A good surgeon will provide a one-on-one consultation and outline all the options and alternatives available to you based on your own personal needs and medical situation.

Book a consultation

Dr. Thomas W. Loeb, widely regarded as one of the best cosmetic surgeons in NYC, offers patients a private consultation in his comfortable Fifth Avenue office. After discussing your desired outcome and detailing all of the surgical as well as non-invasive techniques that may be available, Dr. Loeb will create a customized plan for you, including a computer analysis of your expected results. For more information, or to schedule your personal body contouring consultation, call Dr. Loeb at 212-327-3700.

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  1. USA Today – What to ask when picking a plastic or cosmetic surgeon
  2. American Society of Plastic Surgeons – Guide to Safe Plastic Surgery
  3. Departures – How to Find the Best Plastic Surgeons
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