Face lift surgeons require a unique set of skills. First, the surgeon must have advanced knowledge of facial anatomy and facial surgery techniques. But face lift surgeons are also artists. They must have a keen eye for the facial aesthetics of their patients, and understand the type of procedure that will work best for the patient’s facial structure.
If you’re preparing for facelift surgery, selecting a surgeon is one of the most important decisions you will make. You should choose a doctor who is experienced, qualified and highly trained in facial cosmetic surgery. Plus, the physician should also help put you at ease, by listening to your expectations, answering your questions and offering honest advice.
So how can you tell a surgeon meets all criteria? Meeting with potential plastic surgeons is much like a job interview. You shouldn’t hire a doctor until you’re met with him one-on-one and examined his credentials. Ultimately, you should be confident with your surgeon’s expertise and his plan for your surgery. Here are a few questions to ask to ensure you hire the best surgeon for you:
Is Your Surgeon Highly Credentialed?
It takes a considerable amount of advanced training to practice plastic surgery. As a patient, it’s important to learn about your surgeon’s level of training. In every country, the most qualified surgeons must pass rigorous exams and certifications. In Australia, for example, plastic surgeons become Fellows of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, one of the country’s highest credentials. In the U.S., surgeons must be board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgeons. You should choose a surgeon who has advanced trainings and certifications.
Does the Surgeon Have a Solid Reputation?
The local medical board governs practicing physicians, and they record if any malpractice complaints have been filed against the surgeon. If a complaint has been filed against your potential surgeon, this is a major red flag. If no complaints have been filed, look into your surgeon’s professional background. Is he a member of industry organizations? Does he recommended by your general practitioners? The reputation of your surgeon is an important factor to consider.
Is the Surgeon Experienced with the Procedure?
Your surgeon should have highly specific experience with facelift techniques. For example, if you’re considering facelift surgery, your surgeon should specialize in these procedures and have completed hundreds or thousands of them. Also, examine the results of the surgeon’s past procedures. Do you like the results? Are they what you envision? Ask the surgeon if you can see before-and-after photos of a past patient who underwent a similar procedure and who is a similar age compared to you.
Is the Medical Facility Accredited?
Just as it’s important to check into your surgeon’s credentials, it’s equally important to examine the accreditation status of the medical facility where the procedure will be conducted. In many countries, medical facilities must be accredited by a board. For example, in Australia, the Australian Council of Healthcare Standards certifies medical facilities. Accreditation is a good indicator that the facility uses the latest safety procedures.