What's the best way to find a qualified surgeon?
According to Dr. Jean Loftus, author of The Smart Woman's Guide to
, the biggest problem with finding a qualified surgeon "is that as insurance reimbursements have gone down, the number of unqualified physicians who call themselves plastic surgeons has increased, so finding a plastic surgeon who's qualified is hard sometimes."
Every doctor "is board certified in something," she added, "even if all they've done is a year internship after medical school.
"Here's the bottom line. ... If you want to know that your plastic surgeon is properly certified, the meaningful question to ask is, 'Are you certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery?' "
The ABPS (abplsurg.org) recommends you go to plasticsurgery.org or surgery.org.
Let's say the doctor is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. How do you know that doctor will produce good results?
"Anybody who's interested in plastic surgery should see somebody who perhaps performed surgery on somebody else they know who got good results and was happy with their care," Loftus said. In addition, "they should ask the doctor to speak to a patient who's been unhappy with their results. Any doctor will give potential patients the names of happy customers, but how does that doctor handle patients that are unhappy?"
How many doctors should a potential patient consult?
Loftus recommends patients interview two or three.