Tips to Choose a Great Plastic Surgeon
One of the most important parts of the plastic surgery experience is finding the right plastic surgeon. A gifted and personable surgeon can give you the results you want while making your experience positive.
If you need help finding the right plastic surgeon, read on for tips from Dr. Michael Byun, the plastic surgeon Chicago trusts for beautiful and natural-looking results.
Confirm Medical Credentials
With any medical procedure, including elective plastic surgery, make sure the surgeon whom you select is properly trained and qualified in what he or she is practicing. Unfortunately many untrained doctors refer to themselves as “cosmetic surgeons” or “aesthetic surgeons,” which may sound very similar to “plastic surgeon,” but is not technically the same thing. These terms can be confusing if you are not familiar with the jargon.
The most reliable way to ensure your surgeon is trained and experienced in plastic surgery is to confirm he or she is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Membership to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons is another indicator that a surgeon is properly trained and adheres to high standards of patient care and safety.
Look At Before-and-After Photographs
Outstanding plastic surgery results require an eye finely tuned for artistry. It is essential to look critically at the previous results of any surgeon you are considering. Many surgeons feature before and after photographs on their websites to showcase their results. Look through these galleries to get a sense of a surgeon’s artistic style, and ask yourself if you would be happy with results similar to what is featured in the “after” photographs.
Ask Close Friends and Family Members for Recommendations
Have any of your family members or close friends had a good experience with plastic surgery? Ask if they would be willing to share the contact information of their surgeon.
If you do not personally know anyone who has had plastic surgery, you probably know someone who works in the health care field, perhaps as a physician assistant or nurse. They may be able to recommend a few names of reputable plastic surgeons.
Watch Out for Red Flags
Bedside manner is important; you want to be treated well during any medical experience. As you “interview” prospective surgeons during in-person consultations, keep an eye out for red flags — particularly those suggesting poor communication or bedside manner. Examples of red flags include feeling as though a plastic surgeon is rushing you or pressuring you into making decisions, or noticing that the office is poorly organized or managed. Another big red flag is feeling as though a plastic surgeon glosses over your questions or concerns instead of addressing them thoughtfully. You should never feel ignored, neglected or taken advantage of. Trust your instincts if something feels “off” about a surgeon or practice, and look elsewhere.
Meet Dr. Michael Byun
To meet Dr. Byun, an experienced, reputable plastic surgeon serving Chicago and beyond, we invite you to call or email our practice today.