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Get to Know your Plastic Surgeon

We want you to have the best experience possible when having plastic surgery and we know how daunting choosing a plastic surgeon in the Newport Beach area can be.  First, of course, you need to choose an experienced, well-trained, board-certified plastic surgeon.  The next important step in choosing a good plastic surgeon in Newport Beach or elsewhere is seeing how comfortable you feel with him or her and the office staff.  Having plastic surgery means you’ll be developing a relationship with your surgeon and his/her staff, not just stopping in for one quick visit.

Before even meeting with the plastic surgeon, visit the website of each plastic surgeon on your list. On websites, there is usually very valuable information about the plastic surgeon, his/her education and experience, what types of procedures he or she specializes in, and before and after photos of former patients. The look and ease of the website can also tell you if the practice is up to date on current trends and pays attention to details and aesthetics.

If you have any questions about your procedure, call the office and ask the receptionist or patient coordinator for information. Is the person attentive and helpful? Did they answer all of your questions and seem warm and inviting? Remember you likely will be working with the plastic surgeon’s support staff more frequently than the plastic surgeon so you want to be sure you feel comfortable with them.

When you go in for a consultation with a plastic surgeon, take a list of questions you have. Talk about your ideas and desires.  Be as open and honest about expectations as possible. You want to be sure you and your plastic surgeon are on the same page. Ask whether you are a good candidate for surgery and what risks may be involved.  Don’t be afraid to discuss the cost and any alternatives.

Ask to see before and after photos of patients who had the same procedure you are thinking of. This will give you an idea of what can be done and what you can expect.  You can also ask to see photos of challenging cases as well as the run of the mill cases. By seeing these photos, you can get a feel for the plastic surgeon’s skill.

Take a look around the office. Is everything clean? A plastic surgeon should be concerned about aesthetics and his/her office and website should reflect a sense of style and attention to detail.  Are the doctor and the staff helpful and knowledgeable? Are they willing to accept questions about their qualifications and experience? Or are they arrogant or impatient? Do you feel pressured to do extra procedures you may not need? Is the office staff open to discussing payment options?

Spend at least thirty minutes or so with the plastic surgeon if possible so you can get a good understanding about everything involved with the surgery or procedure you’re considering. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Another good idea is to make notes immediately after you leave each consultation while your opinions are fresh in your mind.

Any decision you make about your body is an important one and we are here to help you make the best decision.  Don’t hesitate to contact our office in Newport Beach today. You’ll be glad you did.