It seems like not a month goes by without a horrifying tale of plastic surgery gone wrong. These tales are particularly sad, not only because they often involve death or injury, but because in many cases, their sad outcomes could have been prevented with better attention to safety. Often, patients who end up the victims of botched or deadly surgeries are lured into the offices of inexperienced doctors who promise to perform the procedures for much less money than an experienced surgeon could or would charge.
Whether you’re considering a facelift, rhinoplasty or other facial plastic surgery, it’s imperative that you put safety first, no matter what. Often, if a surgery’s price or something else seems too good to be true, it probably is. Here’s how to protect yourself and stay safe when considering facial plastic surgery.
Choose a Safety-Conscious Facial Plastic Surgeon
First things first, you want to make sure the surgeon or doctor you are considering is actually a qualified facial plastic surgeon or plastic surgeon. In one of the most recent examples of surgery gone wrong, the “surgeon” who performed the procedure wasn’t actually a trained or experienced surgeon at all. He was a doctor, but he had no evidence of training or background in plastic surgery.
There are a few ways you can confirm that the doctor you are considering is a facial plastic surgeon. One is to ask if the surgeon is board certified. Board certification signals that the surgeon has completed a residency and training in either plastic surgery or facial plastic surgery. It also means that he or she has completed a certain number of hours performing plastic surgery.
Another way to confirm a surgeon’s experience is to ask to see before and after photos of people who have had the same surgery you’re considering. Even better, ask to speak to some of those patients to get an inside look at how their experience went and to find out whether they would recommend working with the surgeon or not.
Check Out the Surgical Center
Another thing to do to make sure your surgery will be safe is to evaluate the surgical center or office where the procedure will take place. There have been cases of people going to dingy hotel or motel rooms to get Botox or other injections performed. There have also been stories of people receiving surgery in a medical practice not equipped for surgical procedures.
The facility where your surgery will take place should be accredited and should be well equipped with supplies and a response system in case something goes wrong. It’s also worth confirming that the surgeon has hospital privileges or is a staff member at a nearby hospital.
Look for Reviews and Red Flags
Admittedly, online reviews aren’t always trustworthy. But they can be a good way to vet whether or not a surgeon is who he or she claims to be. For example, if the surgeon has mostly negative reviews, you know right away to avoid their practice.
It’s also worth taking a look at positive or 5-star reviews. Pay attention to what the patients say in the reviews. Are they detailed, giving you a full idea of their experience or do they say things like “great doctor!” and offer little else in the way of information? Ideally, the reviews you trust will be full of details, giving you an in-depth look into the experience.
Have an In-Depth Consultation With the Surgeon
Sometimes, you have to go with your gut feeling when it comes to safety. One way to do that is to have a consultation with the surgeon and evaluate how you feel in his presence or how he acts towards you. Bedside manner is important, and you want to work with a surgeon who is going to listen to you and who will take your concerns seriously.
Remember, it’s your body that’s at stake. You don’t want to undergo surgery with someone you don’t fully trust.
If you are looking for a board certified facial plastic surgeon in West Palm Beach, Florida who puts safety first, consider Dr. Michael Schwartz. Dr. Schwartz is double board certified, has more than two decades of experience and is on staff at several area hospitals. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Schwartz, call 561-228-5888 today.