From that point, you can review the surgeon’s claims on their personal website and read reviews from his or her patients. This will give you a general idea of your surgeon’s reputation, but how do you truly know if this surgeon is worthy of your trust? Here are a few tips to help you find the answer.
1. Make sure your surgeon is board certified in plastic surgery.
When it comes to plastic surgery, choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon is very important. However, potential patients should know that just because a surgeon claims to be board certified, it doesn’t mean he is completely qualified to perform your surgery. Currently, anyone who has “M.D.” or “D.O.” after his or her name is legally allowed to perform cosmetic surgeries even if he or she has not received the proper training. Only surgeons board certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) receive training to be broadly competent in plastic surgery of the entire body. To check if your surgeon is board certified by ABPS, you can simply visit their official website.
2. Make sure your plastic surgeon has years of experience.
Once they complete medical school, plastic surgeons must go through many more years of surgical training to become board certified. Even though education is of utmost importance, there is no better teacher than Experience. A surgeon will likely learn more in practice day-in and day-out than in all his or her educational years. Be sure to choose a surgeon who has many years of experience as well as many before and after photos to show for it.
3. Make sure your surgeon has experience performing your chosen procedure.
Just as you wouldn’t visit an auto mechanic to fix your watch, you shouldn’t choose a surgeon who has little experience performing your procedure. Some plastic surgeons operate only on the face or other particular areas. They may specialize in a certain procedure or have a particular “focus.” Often, surgeons will claim their specialty on their site, but you may also learn their areas of expertise by looking at any research projects they have contributed to or presentations they have given.
For example, Dr. John Roussalis has participated in research projects featuring breast reconstruction, minimally invasive cosmetic surgery, wound care, and hand surgery techniques. You can often find this information on a surgeon’s CV or in his or her “About” section on their website. Plenty of before and after photos are also a great indicator that your surgeon has experience with the procedure. During your consultation, be sure to ask to see more before and after photos that are not featured on the doctor’s website.
4. Make sure your surgeon is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
Certain well-respected professional organizations will only admit reputable plastic surgeons into their membership. These include the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. If your surgeon is a member of one or both of these societies, they likely have the trustworthy experience and reputation you should be looking for in a surgeon.
As a plastic surgeon board certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery with many years of experience performing cosmetic and reconstructive surgery in the Casper area, Dr. John Roussalis is a surgeon you can trust. To schedule your consultation with Dr. Roussalis, please call (307) 234-4585 today. For your convenience, you may also fill out our online contact form.