1. Limited training. Any licensed medical doctor; even one that just graduated from medical school can call himself a plastic surgeon. The only way to guard against this to check for both ABPS certification and Aesthetic Society membership. (Check surgery.org and abplsurg.org) The American board of cosmetic surgery is not recognized by the American board of Medical Specialties (ABMS.org) Also, membership in The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery is not an organization of board certified plastic surgeons They are mostly ENTs- An ENT has a much shorter training program limited to the head and neck only and no training whatsoever on body surgery, some have no training is cosmetic plastic surgery of the head and neck). ENT surgeons are encouraged to do a plastic surgery residency and become board certified plastic surgeons (and some do), yet most take a shortcut and simply call themselves “Plastic Surgeons”.
2. Too few reviews (<50). Few reviews or poor reviews on your Google search should make you questions why. Is the surgeon too new or too inexperienced to generate many reviews? Plastic surgeons that concentrate on trauma reconstruction, burns, hand surgery, cleft surgery, or pediatric plastic surgery will generate few cosmetic surgery reviews and may not have enough cosmetic surgery experience for you to be comfortable with. Experienced Cosmetic surgeons will have more than 100 reviews and some have multiples of that.
3. Inadequate before and after pictures on the website. Of course plastic surgeons love to show off their best work. If you can’t find adequate numbers or if they don’t look good then the plastic surgeon probably doesn’t have any better results. Perhaps you need to keep searching for a better choice.
4. This surgeon offers the cheapest price. This can raise many red flags. Is he still learning, and needs to get some cases under his belt? Is he not confident in his work and can only get a cosmetic case by seriously underbidding. Is he taking shortcuts with cheep supplies and under qualified staff? Most experts agree that this is the worst reason to select your plastic surgeon.
5. Not a great local reputation. Friends and family raise their eyebrows when you mention his name and say: “Oh”. Your Family Doctor says: “I don’t know him very well” (this is code for ”perhaps not”).
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