Choosing a plastic surgeon is a decision that you will live with for years, if not your entire life. It is important to research any surgeon’s credentials, experience, and training, but what are other questions you need to ask to find the right plastic surgeon for your needs?
- Is your physician board certified by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)? The ASPS is the chief governing body for plastic surgeons, and certification ensures that an accredited, broad-based training program in plastic and reconstructive surgery was completed. Do not be confused by other official sounding boards or certifications. There is no recognized board with “cosmetic,” “aesthetic,” or “facial cosmetic” in its name. These surgeons do not meet the standards of training and expertise required of board certified plastic surgeons. Check your surgeon’s current standing with the ASPS at www.plasticsurgery.org.
- Does your surgeon have hospital admitting privileges? Even if your operation is to be performed at an outpatient surgery center, hospital privileges ensure that, should any complications arise, you can be admitted for continued care. Additionally, hospitals perform an exhaustive background check on physicians, adding an extra layer of security and protection for you.
- Were you comfortable with your doctor during the initial consultation? A successful patient-doctor relationship is a team effort, one grounded in the ability to maintain the lines of communication open. You should feel comfortable disclosing your full medical history and asking your surgeon any question. Your surgeon should be willing to take the time to listen and answer them.
- Was the surgeon’s office staff professional and courteous, and did they return your calls promptly? Office staffs play a significant role in your experience, helping to answer questions, scheduling your surgery and appointments, and discussing fees and payments. They will be as intimately involved in your care and recovery as your surgeon.
- How many times has your surgeon performed the procedure you are interested in? Familiarity and experience with a particular surgery leads to safer, more predictable outcomes for patients. They also improve the chances of attaining your desired outcome.
- Is your surgeon, or their office staff, available to you 24 hours a day to answer your questions, and address any issues that arise? You should never have to wonder if you would be able to find someone to help you when needed.
- Does your surgeon provide you with the ability to look at before and after pictures, or talk to previous patients? There is little substitute for talking to a patient who has undergone a procedure similar to the one you are interested in.It provides further reassurance, and enhances your overall experience.
As an Emory, Harvard, and University of Pittsburgh-trained, ASPS board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Castillo has full admitting privileges at Northside, Piedmont, and North Fulton Hospitals. At the Nelson Center for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, we are committed to recognizing the unique needs of each patient to ensure they are treated with compassion and respect, in a comfortable environment. We allow patients the time to express their goals and ideas through open discussions grounded in trust and respect, while empowering patients with the knowledge to make fully informed medical decisions. Schedule an appointment to meet with us to discuss your next plastic surgery treatment.
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