The key to picking an excellent plastic surgeon is doing your research.
Is Your Plastic Surgeon Board Certified?
There are many ways to determine if your plastic surgeon is Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. The easiest and most direct way is to simply ask the practice when calling to book your consultation. Other resources include the American Board of Plastic Surgery website, which is: http://www.plasticsurgery.org
Here you can look up your plastic surgeon’s credentials and gain valuable information about his or her practice as well as other tips for choosing the right plastic surgeon for you.
Your choice of plastic surgeon will be a choice that you live with for years, if not the rest of your life. On the other hand, choosing an inexperienced surgeon may lead to poor results which may require additional surgery; which is increased cost, recovery time and disappointment with the overall experience.
Dr. Giles’ mission statement is simply to “make your body as good as it can be today”. He believes that providing the patient with honest, accurate information to make an informed decision is the key to achieving the desired, realistic results.
Our practice strives to strike a balance between risks, benefits, scars, recovery and expense to maximize your results. Diet, exercise, lifestyle changes and choices are also explored to allow maximal surgical results. Our office policies are predicated upon honesty and integrity to provide safe, discrete care in an unparalleled setting.
Beware of “Too Good to Be True” Discounted Plastic Surgery Procedures
There are several plastic surgery practices out there that offer “too good to be true” discounted procedures. There is something to be said for that age old adage. There are plastic surgery practices where the surgeon you meet may not be the surgeon performing the surgery or that costs like anesthesia are considered “extra”. Advertising plays a huge role in drawing potential patients in the door at bargain basement prices.
Dr. Giles performs many surgeries on plastic surgery patients who were lured in by lower prices, only to have to spend money on revisions. These patients are usually very disappointed with their results and have attempted to discuss corrections with the original operating physician only to be met with additional out of pocket expenses often exceeding the original cost of surgery.
Often patients think they can depend on state boards to ensure that their surgeon is qualified to perform the plastic surgery procedures they advertise. An important little known fact is that the government does not require a surgeon to be specifically trained in the procedures they offer. No area is this more prominent than the area of cosmetic surgery.
With insurance reimbursing less and less on routine care, many doctors with general surgery or other medical training have hopped on the cosmetic surgery bandwagon in the quest of greater profits.
Important Questions to Ask Your Potential Plastic Surgeon:
- Are they board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgeons?
- Where you trained specifically in the field of plastic surgery?
- How long have they been in practice?
- How many procedures do they perform in a month?
- How many times have they performed the particular procedure you are considering?
- Do they have before and after photos that are current that you can view?
- Do they have patients that will speak with you about their experience?
- Do they have hospital privileges?
- Are you a good candidate for the procedure you are interested in?
- Where and how will you perform my surgery?
- What are the risks associated with this procedure?
- How do you handle complications?
- What are my options if I am unhappy with my results?
In conclusion, your plastic surgeon and his or her staff should have no difficulty in answering these and other questions you may have. You are making an important decision which has the potential to change your life for better or worse depending on your outcome. Dr. Giles and staff strive to be as informative and transparent as possible to help you feel comfortable with the entire experience, from the time you first call our office until the day you are released a satisfied, happy patient.
We hope this helps you in choosing your surgeon and look forward to seeing you at your consultation.
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