If only choosing a facial plastic surgeon were as easy as performing a Google Search and calling the first listing, right? If you’re serious about achieving natural-looking, long-lasting results from an experienced, credentialed facial plastic surgeon, you’re going to need to know where to look and how to spot him or her.
Where to Start Looking
Sure, you can Google it, but looking for a reputable facial plastic surgeon is a lot easier when you focus in your efforts. Go to the websites of the American Board of Plastic Surgery or the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, for example, to find specific results about the credentialed surgeons in your area who are licensed to perform facelifts. Not only does this take out much of the guesswork for you, but it will also save you a whole lot of time. Search by zip code or by name to locate facial plastic surgeons and then narrow your results from there. Make sure that the surgeons you look up are specifically facial plastic surgeons instead of general surgeons.
Certifications, Education, and Training
Before you step foot in your facial plastic surgeon’s office, you need to verify that he (or she) has all of the right qualifications to perform your surgery. If you’ve found your surgeon through the specialized websites above, you’re halfway there. Now, you can visit the American Board of Plastic Surgery to check the doctor’s board certification records and other documents. Contact your state to confirm that your intended surgeon’s medical license is still valid.
Finally, visit the doctor’s website as well to gather more personal information about him, where he comes from, where he was education, in what specialty he performed his residency, etc. If you’re comparing several potential facial plastic surgeons, you may discover something about one doctor that really speaks to you, helping you to make your decision.
Patient Satisfaction and Results
Through websites like RealSelf, you should be able to read real patient reviews about your intended facial plastic surgeon’s work. Many surgeons also post reviews to their own websites, as well as before and after photos of actual surgeries. You might ask around to learn more about this specific doctor or check in with your own physician to learn more about his reputation, if possible. There’s rarely anything better than patient reviews to speak for a facial plastic surgeon’s real abilities, so get as much information as you can.
Meet for a Consultation
Sitting down for a one-on-one facelift consultation is both the final step in choosing your facial plastic surgeon and the first step toward your facelift surgery. During this meeting, you will have an open conversation about the procedure, how it could benefit you, and also why you should work with this surgeon for the procedure. You will have a chance to ask your facial plastic surgeon questions about his background, patient history, and specific training, if you so desire. For many prospective patients, hearing the answers from their doctor can help to put them at ease and agree to move forward. If you still have unanswered questions, don’t be afraid to bring the list to your consultation and start asking away!
Make Dr. Miller Your Top Choice
Choosing the right facial plastic surgeon to perform your facelift procedure will both maximize your results and minimize your risks as a patient. Dr. Philip Miller has specialized exclusively in facial plastic surgery, offering over 20 years of experience and knowledge to his patients. A recognized expert in facial rejuvenation procedures, Dr. Miller has been frequently invited to share his specific techniques with his peers at various national facial plastic surgery meetings. He has been voted among the Best Doctors in America each year since 2007 and has also been named a Top Doctor of New York. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Miller, contact his office located at 60 East 56th Street, Third Floor in New York City, by calling (212) 750-7100.