Choosing the Right Plastic Surgeon

Do you feel your youthful personality does not agree with the effects aging has on your body? Due to age, genetics, or environmental factors, our appearance does not always reflect the way some men and women feel on the inside. We have good news! Cosmetic procedures are increasingly accessible with safe, minimally invasive techniques that help you look great in the mirror!

If you are considering plastic surgery, you may find yourself asking, “Where do I begin?” or “How do I find a plastic surgeon that is right for me?” Not all plastic surgeons are created equally. You will want to find a cosmetic plastic surgeon that caters to your needs in terms of results, cost, and overall experience. Finding the right plastic surgeon is much easier than you think, and Personal Plastic Surgery is here to help you make the best-informed decision.

Make Sure the Surgeon is Board-Certified in Plastic Surgery

The easiest way to narrow down your search is to check if the surgeon is board-certified in plastic surgery. This means your surgeon passed exams specifically designated for cosmetic procedures and plastic surgery and meets the industry standards of excellence.

Some general surgeons completed extensive training to perform cosmetic procedures such as liposuction. However, the general surgeon may not have knowledge or experience in all cosmetic techniques, making it difficult to adapt to your needs. For best results and to mitigate risks, it is essential to ensure you are a patient of a board-certified plastic surgeon.

Ask Questions About the Procedure & Make Your Needs Known

Your journey to a more youthful and radiant you should begin with a one-on-one consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon. As a new patient, you need a safe space to express your questions, concerns, and wishes. You will benefit from doing some pre-consultation research on your desired procedures. This will help you compile a list of questions to ask the surgeon, such as:

  • How frequently do you perform the procedure I want?
  • What type of anesthesia will I receive, and who will administer the anesthesia?
  • What will my recovery process be like?

Additionally, ask your surgeon to explain the details of the procedure, such as the combination of techniques used, and how he will achieve your desired results. The surgeon should provide open communication to help you understand the pre-surgery process and the steps to recovery.

Ask to See Before-and-After Photos

Board-certified plastic surgeons are extensively trained to perform an array of cosmetic procedures. To get an idea of achievable results, ask to see a collection of before-and-after photos. The photos will help you understand what your results may look like. This visualization allows you to specify your expectations with your plastic surgeon. Additionally, do not hesitate to ask about follow-up visits, how recovery works, and their involvement post-surgery. Look for board-certified surgeons who are reassuring and transparent about their policies and procedures.

Weigh the Quality of Surgery with the Cost

While it may be tempting to complete a facelift at a lower price, you want to ensure the quality of the surgery is up to your standards. Ask the surgeon about the cost of surgery and weigh the price tag with the expected quality of care before making any decision. Fees for plastic surgery are dependent upon location, the involvement of your procedure, and the experience of the surgeon, among other factors. Keep in mind your budget, as well as the results you seek.

Start Your Plastic Surgery Journey with a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon

As you begin your journey to a more youthful and radiant appearance, you must take the time to carefully select a plastic surgeon that best understands your desires and can deliver a safe and effective procedure. Dr. Sanjay Lalla is a board-certified plastic surgeon with over three decades of successful procedures. At Personal Plastic Surgery, we pride ourselves on developing trusting and long-term relationships with our patients. Dial (973) 324-9455 to book your consultation, visit our locations in Millburn and West Orange, New Jersey.