How to choose a plastic surgeon

*Some of this information is reprinted with permission from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons®.

We understand that choosing a plastic surgeon is not an easy task, and we don't believe it should be. It is extremely important to do your research when choosing a plastic surgeon. You need to find someone who has the appropriate credentials, answers all of your questions, and has the level of experience and expertise that makes you comfortable. Before electing to have any surgical procedure, meet with the plastic or cosmetic surgeon you are considering for a consultation to ask any questions you may have.

Here is a good list of questions to ask during your consultation with a potential plastic surgeon:
  1. Are you an ASPS Member Surgeon? (If he or she answers “yes,” you can rest assured that your surgeon is board-certified in plastic surgery, has hospital privileges and only performs surgery in accredited facilities.)
  2. Are you board-certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery® or The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada®?
  3. Do you have hospital privileges to perform this procedure? If so, at which hospital?
  4. Is the surgical facility accredited?
  5. How many procedures of this type have you performed?
  6. Am I a good candidate for this procedure?
  7. What will be expected of me to get optimal results?
  8. What are the risks involved with my procedure?
  9. How long of a recovery period can I expect, and what kind of help will I need during my recovery?
  10. Will I need to take time off work? If so, how long?
Your plastic surgeon should:
  • Answer all of your questions thoroughly and clearly.
  • Ask about your thoughts to recommended treatment.
  • Offer alternatives, where appropriate, without pressuring you to consider unneeded or additional procedures.
  • Welcome questions about your procedure and his or her professional qualifications, experience, costs and payment policies.
  • Make clear the risks of surgery and possible outcomes.
  • Give you information about the procedure you want.
  • Leave the final decision to you.