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For those considering plastic surgery this is the most important step you will take.
Think about it.
Your plastic surgeon will see you without clothes; will alter your physique or facial structure in some significant way - AND will have your very life and well-being in his or her hands.
Considering that choosing a plastic surgeon correctly is well worth the expenditure of time and effort to do it right.
So let's talk candidly about some of the kinds of information you will need to gather to make the best possible choice in plastic surgeon.
To obtain a recommendation by the American Board of Plastic Surgery candidates must first meet the following criteria:
These surgeons have spent a significant amount of time gaining surgical experience and demonstrating professional competency in a variety of ways.
For this reason "board certification" is a good place to start when choosing a plastic surgeon.
Be sure to visit the State Meical Board's website(s) for every state in which your surgeon is licensed to practice medicine.
You should be able to quickly find the current status of:
1. A doctor's medical license,
2. Actions the Medical Board has taken against the individual,
3. AND any malpractice complaints that may have been initiated by former patients.
The disciplinary powers that a particular State Medical Board has will vary from state to state. However most Medical Boards have the power to take one of more of the following "Negative Actions" against a doctor:
Actions taken by a particular Medical Board can arise for a variety of reasons some of which include the following behaviors:
Many state Medical Boards will not give you details concerning a doctor's medical malpractice suits. One way to handle this is ask a potential surgeon point-blank about any previous medical malpractice suits.
However, many of us women are hesitant to take actions that make other people uncomfortable. So for us it's important to be able to independently verify the nature of any malpractice suits and how they were resolved.
Since the internet is a well-spring of malpractice information - start there.
Once you find a board-certified plastic surgeon with a clean record try to find at least two more equally-qualified surgeons.
Some important questions for you to ask your 3 surgeons include:
Once you have thoroughly researched three plastic surgeons and their facilities, AND have interviewed each one you are ready to make a decision.
Ultimately the best surgeon is the fully-qualified individual who makes you feel the most comfortable and inspires your trust and confidence. Hire that person for the job.
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