How to find a good plastic surgeon in Washington DC?

In the Nation’s capital vanity runs deep not only through the political class but also through the middle to upper classes that live in the area.  This attention to one’s appearance keeps the local plastic surgeon in Washington DC very busy.

If you decide that it is time to make a change in your appearance for the better, it’s important to find a doctor that is right for you.  This is a decision that you will have to live with for years, and possibly your entire life, so get started on your research.

Let’s look at some important tips when selecting a surgeon

A successful cosmetic procedure from a qualified professional will give you greater confidence, make you feel more like yourself and who you want to be for many years. Conversely, having an inexperienced or just bad doc can result in unexpected outcomes that can lead to added costs and distress.

Check for board certification

Let’s discuss why it is so important to have a board-certified physician.  Legally any doctor could perform any procedure on you.  An eye doctor could legally perform open heart surgery. Using a board-certified plastic surgeon means they have completed three to five year of training in general surgery and then another two to three years in their specialty.  All that is in conjunction with oral and written exams. Look for a doctor certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

Do they have a record?

Not a criminal record, but a record of malpractice judgements.  In many states, it is easy to go to the Medical Board website and check out the doctor you plan to interview.  A single judgement and the particular circumstances may be ok, but when you start seeing multiple cases, that’s a red flag.

Hospital Privileges

It is very important to ask them if they have hospital privileges even if they do procedures from their super impressive state of the art clinic.  Hospitals conduct background checks doing these important evaluations for you. No privileges in another red flag.

Bring your questions

Arm yourself with the questions that will make you comfortable to work with the doctor. One of the most important ones is to find out how often they perform the procedure you want.  Most professionals will tell you that if this is less than once a week you should go elsewhere.  Here is a link to the Arizona Medical Board website for questions you should ask the cosmetic surgeon.  Print this out and bring it with you.

Bundle with Caution

From what I have read be cautious of the doctor that starts suggesting other procedures than the one you went in to discuss.  If you were looking for a Rhinoplasty evaluation and he/she also suggests liposuction you are in the wrong place.  Money is a huge motivation for some irresponsible doctors, for the more procedures they do on you, the more money they make.

Finally, find the right surgeon who has plenty of experience to do your cosmetic procedure because it will be critical when getting the result you want.  Ask your friends to help you vet and interview the doctor.   Having this type of support will help you make the right decision.

 

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