Deciding to undergo a plastic surgery procedure is a big decision to make.
Still anxious? There’s no need to be ashamed. It’s perfectly natural to feel anxious – it’s your body, after all.
One thing you can do to put yourself at ease is to do your research, and to find a plastic surgeon who you can trust.
Today, we’ll be explaining how to choose a plastic surgeon – one that’s experienced, qualified, and trustworthy.
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1) How to choose a plastic surgeon: start with qualifications
There’s a lot of confusion surrounding plastic surgery and what, if anything, distinguishes it from cosmetic surgery.
The main difference? Qualifications.
A qualified plastic surgeon needs to complete an additional 8-10 years in postgraduate surgery training – many of which are spent specialising in Plastic and Reconstructive surgery training.
Additionally, plastic surgeons also required to attain a Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS), as well as be affiliated with the Australian Medical Council.
By contrast, any doctor can perform cosmetic surgery – theoretically, your GP could do it after completing a short course.
When looking at surgeons to perform your procedure, look for these five letters after their name: ‘FRACS’.
Only then that you’ll know that your plastic surgeon is the real deal!
2) Look at your plastic surgeon’s track record
Upon deciding to go through a surgical procedure, be sure you’ve checked the track record of your surgeon including their education, skills, experience and affiliations.
Keep in mind that a qualified and trustworthy surgeon can be considered two different ways:
- One, where a surgeon has gained tremendous experience across a range of surgeries over an illustrious career
- And two, where the plastic surgeon mayu choose to specialise in fewer procedures
Neither one is better than the other; both demonstrate extensive experience in the field.
During your first consultation with your plastic surgeon, you’ll listen to your surgeon explains your procedure, offers advice and guidance, and can share associated risks and complications, costs, the recovery process, and expected outcomes.
A certified and experienced surgeon is well versed in everything that you need to know about the surgery and can answer you directly without any second-guessing.
3) Talk to plastic surgeon: how do you feel about them?
Before locking in a procedure, a plastic surgeon may sit you down and have a conversation about what you want from your surgery.
Part of the reason is so they can plan your procedure and anticipate challenges – the other part is so they can get to know you better!
You’re going to be seeing a lot of your plastic surgeon over the coming months. In addition to the initial consult, there will also be further discussions and medical examinations as you prepare for your procedure.
Take this opportunity to get to know them.
- Do you trust them?
- How comfortable do they make you feel?
- Are you comfortable enough to ask questions you might even think are trivial or silly?
- Are they answering all the questions you have?
- Are they honest and transparent, or are they just telling you what you want to hear?
- Do their answers seem credible and authentic?
During this time, we at Cairns Plastic Surgery make it our mission to ensure that every client that comes to us is comfortable around us, and trusts our expertise.
And unlike many other plastic surgeons, Cairns Plastic Surgery’s Dr Isolde Hertess brings a uniquely female perspective to the plastic surgery industry.
4) Does your surgeon provide you with options?
The right plastic surgeon doesn’t put any pressure on you to make any decisions on the spot.
They give you time to think about it, and aren’t in a hurry to start any surgery until you know for sure that you’re going to commit. You should never feel pressured or rushed.
What’s more, a good plastic surgeon will present you with options.
If you will have a hard time making a decision (no shame there – this is a big decision), the surgeon will present you with facts including alternative surgeries, but will not (and must not) be the one to decide for you.
Your happiness is the end goal – part of that is ensuring that you select a procedures that matches your lifestyle and your desires.
If you feel rushed or pressured into a particular procedure, we have one piece of advice: find a different plastic surgeon!
Need a plastic surgeon who ticks all these boxes?
Call Cairns Plastic Surgery!
Understanding which plastic surgery procedure you may want is simply step one – the next is finding a plastic surgeon to carry out your procedure.
We understand that opting for a plastic surgery procedure is a big decision to make. It’s nerve-wracking – that’s why we make it our mission to make your experience as comfortable and supportive as possible.
At Cairns Plastic Surgery, you’re our number one priority.
In addition to highly qualified surgery, we’ll also provide you with recovery guidelines so you can get back to your routine with increased energy and enthusiasm.