Choosing a facial plastic surgeon is an enormously important decision. Picking the right doctor can affect whether you end up loving your results or regretting surgery altogether. To help guide you through the decision-making process, Dr. Jonathan Grant shares some signs that suggest you have found a great match.
The Surgeon Has Enough Experience in Your Desired Procedure
Nothing matters more to the success of your facial plastic surgery procedure than your surgeon’s experience and training. You want to find a surgeon that has many years of experience performing your desired procedure and stays up to date with advances in technique and technology. Ideally your facial plastic surgeon should be certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, which ensures he or she has the education and credentials to perform procedures of the face, head and neck.
You Have Good Rapport
Great bedside manner and good rapport are essential to a positive surgical experience. If you have clear communication with your surgeon and feel he or she really listens to you, you are more likely to be satisfied with your results. On the other hand, if something feels off about the surgeon’s bedside manner, you should consider someone else. Remember, surgeons are people, too, and we all have different personalities. If your surgeon’s personality isn’t a great fit for you, then seek a second opinion. It is critically important that you feel comfortable communicating with your surgeon.
You Like the Surgeon’s Before-and-After Images
Every facial plastic surgeon has a unique sense of aesthetics. The key to finding the right surgeon for you is to select someone whose sense of aesthetics aligns with yours. If you looked at your surgeon’s before-and-after patient images and liked what you saw, you are in good hands.
You Have a Seamless Office Experience
When you walk in to your facial plastic surgeon’s office and feel comfortable and safe, it is a great sign you have picked the right practice. Numerous factors, such as the cleanliness of the office and the privacy of your visit, can influence how pleasant your overall experience will be.
You Are Not Pressured or Rushed
Your facial plastic surgery consultation should feel like a serious discussion of your cosmetic needs, not a sales pitch. The right surgeon will give you the information you need and the time and space to make an educated decision. Beware of any surgeon who rushes or pressures you into making a decision that you are not comfortable with.
You Have Reasonable Expectations
The right surgeon will be candid about the surgical process and make it very clear what you can reasonably expect after surgery. You should understand that surgery can improve, not perfect your appearance. If a surgeon promises perfection, consider it a red flag.
Listen to Your Gut
Ultimately it comes down to a gut feeling. If you feel comfortable with your surgeon and confident in his or her abilities, you have likely selected a great surgeon. On the other hand, if you have the nagging feeling that something is amiss — even if you can’t articulate why — you should not follow through with that doctor.
To learn more about Dr. Grant and his facial plastic surgery experience, please call or email our practice today.