How do I find the right surgeon for my procedure?

There are a few ways you can go about finding the right surgeon for your procedure. First, ask around! No doubt you have a friend or family member who may have undergone the exact same procedure you are considering. Talk to this person, take her out to lunch and ask her all the questions you can think of regarding her surgeon.


Friends and family are usually a good start to finding a surgeon, but it's not the only way. You can also visit the American Society of Plastic Surgeons website and perform a search for plastic surgeons who are local to your area. Simply enter your zip code and then enter select the procedure you're seeking from the drop down list. That search will provide a list of qualified, board certified surgones in your area.


Why are some surgeons more expensive than others?

There are three factors that must be taken into consideration when comparing prices: surgeon fee, anesthesia fee, and facility fee.


Not all surgeon's perform their surgeries at a hospital. It's important that you ask a potential surgeon where he or she performs his surgeries. The price difference between having your surgery at a well known hospital or a surgery center could significant.


The surgeon fee will vary with the surgeon's experience. Is your surgeon a high profile surgeon who has a lot of exposure online and on television? If yes, then you can expect his or her fee to be higher than other surgeon's. Are higher fees justified? Usually, yes. Don't forget that your health and safety are at risk when you experience any type of surgery; you should elect to have the best possible surgeon for your particular procedure.


What questions should I ask during my initial consultation?

You should compile a list of questions and bring a notepad and pen when you visit any plastic surgeon for an initial consultation. Here is a basic list of questions that you should ask:

  • Where will my procedure be performed?
  • Are you approved to perform the procedure at a local hospital(s)? Which ones?
  • Are you board certified?
  • How many times have you performed this particular procedure?
  • Do you have a database of 'before and after' photographs of women around my age range?
  • What kind of anesthesia will be used?
  • What are the long term risks with this procedure?
  • What are the short term risks associated with this procedure?
  • How soon will I be able to return to work?
  • Can I speak with a few of your previous patients who have received the same procedure?

When you ask these questions, does the surgeon make you feel comfortable when he or she answers? Does he give you detailed responses? The surgeon should make you feel comfortable and relaxed during the consultation - you shold not feel rushed in any way.


Should my initial consultation be free?

Most plastic surgeons do not charge an initial consultation fee for new clients. However, this isn't always the case. You will need to call and specifically ask if there is a consultation fee.


Instead of worrying about paying multiple consultation fees should you choose to speak with several surgeons, you should do your homework and make sure that each surgeon you speak with is a solid choice for your particular procedure - don't just visit any plastic surgeon's office just because he or she offers a free initial consultation!


How do I know if a surgeon is a specialist in a particular procedure?

Visit the American Society of Plastic Surgeon's website and perform a search on the surgeon's name. You will find his or her board certifications. The ASPS has strict requirements when it comes to listing a surgeon as a specialist in a particular procedure.