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4 Things to Consider When Researching a Plastic Surgeon 

A Welcome Message from Dr. Jagruti Patel

4 Things to Consider When Researching a Plastic Surgeon 

In November, I wrote about what is involved in a “Mommy Makeover” and who the ideal candidate is for this increasingly popular procedure.  But doing your research, and finding the right plastic surgeon, is equally important to ensure the best possible results.

Below is a list of recommendations I have compiled for you to consider as you research your options:

  1. Find a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon who is also a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS).
  2. Each area of plastic surgery requires different skills so choose a surgeon who has experience in the procedure you are considering.
  3. Once you have narrowed down your list of potential surgeons, make sure it is someone who is going to understand your physical and mental well-being as it relates to the procedure.  Do you feel comfortable with the surgeon?  Is he/her listening you or just talking? 
  4. Make sure you both have the same expectations of the results of the procedure. This is why a consultation is “mandatory” for our patients. 

After meeting with a potential patient, we will both decide if this is the right procedure and the right time.  I will sometimes request patients to get a second opinion or seek another surgeon if they have unrealistic expectations or who are desiring a look that would be unnatural in my opinion. 

Doing your homework before a consultation will make your appointment much more productive.  Photos are a great way to start a dialogue about your physical expectations.  Questions such as the types of procedures and how many the surgeon performs each year would be good indicators for experience.  Ask about pre-surgery preparation and post-surgery recovery support.  The doctor should welcome this dialogue because the patient-doctor relationship should be one of shared decision making based on mutual trust, ethics and appropriate attention to needs. 

If you are considering a procedure and would like to discuss it with me, please call our office at (978) 927-6556.  We would love to get to know you.

Jagruti Patel

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