Surgery is not something you return to the store in a week or so if things do not work out the way you want them to. A tummy tuck gone awry, a faulty nose job, these are all things you will have to live with. Lubbock plastic surgery offers our promise that you can trust our doctors and trust our work, but you don’t have to just take our word for it. We expect you to do your research on our doctors and facilities just as you would on any other; in fact, we encourage it! Here are a few tips to ensure your Lubbock plastic surgery is one you’ll be happy with for years to come.
1. Choose a Board-Certified Doctor
A doctor’s board-certification is your best guide in initially evaluating his or her skills. Plastic surgeons that are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) have met specific training requirements to declare themselves uniquely qualified to handle plastic surgery; Lubbock community members can rely on this nationally recognized certification as a solid indicator of a well-trained plastic surgeon.
2. Verify the Surgeon’s Record and Expertise
In addition to a general certification, do some research on the doctor’s records by contacting the state’s medical board. All disciplinary actions against the surgeon will be on record. This is also a good way to verify the surgeon’s medical license. You can also contact the surgeon directly concerning his or her experience with the specific procedure you are pursuing. You would rather get that tummy tuck from someone who regularly and successfully performs tummy tuck surgeries, as opposed to someone who is willing to perform one but generally specializes in another surgery. Also check if the surgeon has hospital privileges. Hospitals have certain standards for work performed within their walls, and if a surgeon does not have rights to do work under the hospital’s name, that can be a red flag.
3. Go with Your Gut Feeling
Talking to your friends is a great way to get reliable referrals and general reviews. Who knows which rating sites online have been tampered with these days with false reviews, so for your plastic surgery, Lubbock friends and family will give you an honest review to start with. And all in all, drill the doctor with plenty of questions on your first visits. How you feel about a doctor is absolutely a factor in your evaluation.