If you’re interested in plastic surgery in Latham or Albany, NY, you’re in luck. This area is home to some exceptional plastic surgeons, so you have no shortage of options when it comes to choosing the best plastic surgeon near you. But with so many practices to choose from, how can you be sure you’ve found the most trusted and experienced surgeon to perform your procedure?
In this blog post, I’ll share a few criteria worth looking for as you research surgeons online and schedule in-person consultations.
Make Sure Your Surgeon Is Board Certified
Before you check for anything else, check that your potential surgeon is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, the only plastic surgery board recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). You can check whether a surgeon is board certified on certificationmatters.org.
Watch out for surgeons certified by the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery or other organizations with similar names. While these credentials seem trustworthy, they aren’t recognized by the ABMS. Learn more about the importance of qualifications in this previous blog post.
Ask Friends & Family for Recommendations
Often, the best way to find a great surgeon is to ask loved ones you trust for their recommendations. They can give you honest feedback about their experiences and what to expect when working with a certain doctor.
If no one you know has suggestions, start by reading reviews of potential surgeons from multiple sources across the web. This will give you some insight into how happy former patients have been with their experiences and results.
Look Through Before & After Photos
Any surgeon you consider for a certain procedure should have plenty of before-and-after photos of that procedure to share. In most cases, you can find a selection of photos in a surgeon’s online photo gallery. However, doctors often have even more photos to view privately during a consultation. Your surgeon should be able to show you cases similar to yours so you can get an accurate understanding of the caliber of results you can expect.
Find a Surgeon Whose Aesthetic Sense Appeals to You
Plastic surgery combines art with medicine, and each surgeon brings a unique perspective to their approach. As you look through photos and speak with surgeons about your desired results, make sure you choose a doctor whose eye for aesthetics aligns with what you’re looking for—whether that means “barely there” results or something a bit more dramatic.
Choose the Surgeon Who Puts You First
Your surgeon is your partner throughout your plastic surgery journey. You want to work with someone you can trust—someone you know will prioritize your safety and put your desires and needs above all else. Take note of how you feel leaving each consultation. Many times, people know they’ve found the surgeon for them right away based on how empowered, understood, and excited they feel after that first appointment.
Whether you’re in the Albany, NY, area or elsewhere, you deserve a plastic surgery practice that delivers the very best. If you would like to learn more about my approach or set up a private meeting to discuss your goals, please request a consultation online or call (518) 328-3330 to get in touch.