As Dr. Platis’s patient coordinator it is important to me that I really help patients with their decision to have plastic surgery. Often times when a patient is referred by a friend Dr. Platis is the only surgeon they see for a consultation. It’s always reassuring when you know someone else who has already had surgery with your doctor. Other patients feel they should see at least 3 doctors for consultation and for these patients the first 3 things I tell them are:
- Make sure the doctor is board certified in plastic surgery by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Many doctors are board certified but they are not always clear about what they are board certified in. For instance, the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery does not require residency training in plastic surgery, or even surgery for that matter. If the doctor is not certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery then you don’t want them performing your surgery.
- Ask your doctor how many cosmetic surgery procedures he/she generally performs a month and of those how many are the procedure you are interested in.
- Look at before and after photos. Make sure the photos you are looking at are actual patients of the doctor and ask to see a photo of what the doctor thinks is a good example of what you can expect from your results. Dr. Platis has some before and after photos on his website but many more at the office.
The most important thing really is the board certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery because as long as your doctor has that it means they have had the necessary training and passed the necessary exams to perform plastic surgery. The other important thing I tell patients is to make sure you feel comfortable with the doctor and their staff. This is something you are choosing to do and with your preoperative/postoperative appointments and questions you want to feel at ease and to be treated like the special individual you are.