Choosing a plastic surgeon in the Boston area is one of the most important decisions you’ll make throughout your plastic surgery journey. Once you’ve decided on a procedure you’re interested in, selecting the right surgeon to perform it is essential. You’ll be trusting your surgeon with your safety, appearance, and even finances, so it’s crucial you choose someone who will uphold that trust and leave you feeling confident and thrilled with your decision.
Not sure where to start? This blog post will touch on a few things you should look for as you research plastic surgeons in your area.
Positive reviews and testimonials from real patients
Reviews on sites such as Vitals, RealSelf, and Real Patient Ratings will give you insight into the experiences past patients have had working with a surgeon. Some surgeons may include additional testimonials on their websites. These reviews speak not only to the physical results a surgeon has created but also to the feelings of confidence and trust patients felt throughout their care.
Experience and credentialing
In addition to certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, credentials such as a strong educational background, membership in professional societies such as the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and The Aesthetic Society, and participation in teaching efforts all represent extensive experience and peer recognition as a talented and trustworthy practitioner.
Plenty of impressive before-and-after photos
Before-and-after photos serve as proof of a surgeon’s ability to create attractive and natural-looking plastic surgery results. A large before-and-after photo gallery full of great photos is a strong indicator that a surgeon can deliver the quality results you’re looking for. This will also give you perspective into the surgeon’s aesthetic approach so you can make sure it aligns with your vision for your results.
Looking through real patient photos and noting your favorite cases or ones you have questions about is a great step to take before you meet with a surgeon for a personal consultation. Learn more about how to prep for your initial consultation in my previous blog post.
Experience in your procedure
Plastic surgeons are typically capable of performing a wide range of procedures, but some surgeons specialize in certain techniques, approaches, or areas of the body. You want to work with a surgeon who performs your chosen procedure often and with great results.
You can determine this by looking at the number of cases in the photo gallery, reading reviews that mention your chosen procedure, and checking whether the surgeon has any additional training in certain specialties.
A supportive and compassionate approach
Your surgeon should make you feel comfortable, understood, and empowered throughout your experience. It’s important that you feel you can trust this person to bring your goals to life and to provide guidance and support along the way.
The best way to tell whether a surgeon’s personality is a good match for you is to meet in person for a consultation. During this appointment, you’ll be able to get a feel for the surgeon and the practice as a whole to help you decide whether you’ve found the right destination for your plastic surgery experience.
If you would like to learn more about selecting a Boston-area plastic surgeon, please contact us online or call (781) 237-7700.