Plastic surgery is now a very competitive field and there are hundreds of plastic surgeons out there offering different kinds of procedures to enhance your looks. Once you have decided to go in for an aesthetic procedure, your most challenging problem is finding a good plastic surgeon. You need to locate the right doctor and also ask the right questions. The following tips can help.

Locating a Good Plastic Surgeon

The Internet is a good place to begin your search. You can request recognized plastic surgery associations for a list of members. Browse reliable online directories listing qualified and experienced surgeons, and search with a zip code or click a city. The directories contain doctor profiles with a lot of information about the doctors, before and after photos of their patients, testimonials, and so on. Make a short list of the surgeons you think can help you. The best way to learn about a surgeon is word of mouth, though this is difficult as many people are not willing to admit that they have had cosmetic surgery! Ask you general practitioner if the surgeon you are considering has a good professional reputation. Make sure you are comfortable with the doctor you choose.

Things you need to consider when choosing a surgeon:

• Make sure your surgeon is trained and experienced in his area of expertise, has the right affiliations and provides you with personalized care.

• Check if he performs the procedure frequently. It is important to know how long he has been performing the operation. The doctor may be qualified, but he may be performing only a few surgeries every year.

• Request him to show you photos of successful operations. A good surgeon will have many such photos. If you’re considering facial cosmetic surgery, don’t look for cookie cutter results. Rather, the results should look good on a particular face.

• It is important that surgeon is well-read and up-to-date with the current literature in his field of specialization. Find out if he attends conferences on plastic surgery, attends courses where the latest techniques are demonstrated, has worked with other well-known specialists and if he publishes articles on his specialty in peer reviewed journals.

Some of the important qualities that a good surgeon would have are technical aptitude, artistic skill, a high degree of precision and the ability to work systematically. He should also be able to visualize the end result and judge whether the procedure will really help the patient. The doctor should be able to balance the risks and results, and explain everything to the patient during the initial consultations. He should have the patience to listen to his client. A surgeon who promises results without even examining you is not a feasible choice.

Educate Yourself

Talk to your surgeon about the optimal technique for your problem. Learn all you can about the procedure. The Internet is a treasure trove of articles and other material on plastic and cosmetic surgery. Above all, remember that even if you find a good plastic surgeon, it is important to have realistic expectations about the results.

Author's Bio: 

New York City Plastic Surgeon - Facial plastic surgery procedures can correct flaws and imperfections as well as restore youthful looks flawed by time and the aging process.