When it comes to something as important as your health, it is not best to cut corners to save a few dollars. Deeply-discounted surgery may seem like a good idea, but the long term costs can far outweigh the immediate savings. When you are considering plastic surgery, there are three things you need to make certain you are getting. If any “deal” is lacking in any of these areas, it just isn’t worth it, no matter how inexpensive it may be:
- Credentials: The American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) is the only recognized organization for certifying plastic surgeons in the United States. The process of board certification is rigorous and takes years of specialized training and practice beyond medical school and residency, including thousands of hours of hands-on surgical experience. With patients going abroad to neighboring foreign countries, the same qualifications to be a practicing plastic surgeon may not always apply universally. The ability to research a surgeon’s credentials based on an entirely different country’s standards poses certain uncertainties for patients that may have to rely solely on the internet to make their decision. There is a greater chance that you will have no way of really knowing exactly what their level of training might be.
- Consultations: The best plastic surgeons realize that every patient has unique concerns and highly specific aesthetic goals. They will work closely with their patients to establish strong communication. This mutual rapport is essential so that the surgeon can understand exactly what the patient wants and needs, and so that the patient can understand fully what is involved in the procedure and what expectations are reasonable.
- Follow-Up Care: Optimal outcome from any surgical procedure requires carefully-managed recovery, with a doctor who is there to answer your questions and immediately address any problems or complications that may arise. Board-certified plastic surgeons generally have privileges at accredited hospitals. I currently hold hospital privileges at Northside Hospital and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite so that in the case of an emergency I can get access to full medical facilities to quickly assist my patients. Moreover, the best surgeons want to make sure your results remain optimal for years to come, not just until your check clears. By traveling to foreign countries, patients significantly reduce their ability to receive proper follow up care. Should a complication arise, limited contact with the original surgeon can prolong the patient’s ability to address any issues in a timely manner. The longer a patient waits, the more risks of worsening complications arise.
If you are interested in learning more about a cosmetic plastic surgical procedure I perform, please contact us today. Also be sure to connect with me, Dr. Fernando Burstein on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for the latest facial plastic surgery news.