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Choosing a Plastic Surgeon: 5 Questions You Need to Ask

Plastic surgery consultation in EdinaMaybe you want to transform your body with liposuction. Or perhaps you are looking to enhance your feminine figure in a beautiful, natural way with breast augmentation. It’s no secret that cosmetic procedures can help you accomplish your goals, whatever they are.

But to safely achieve the results that you want, you need to choose the right plastic surgeon. While this process can seem complicated, it doesn’t have to be.

Just remember to ask the right questions at your consultation so you can learn about your surgeon’s experience and skill. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. David Smith proudly meets — and often surpasses — his patients’ expectations during his free consultations.

Questions to Ask During Your Consultation

Ask these five essential questions at your consultation to see if your potential surgeon is a good fit:

  1. Are you certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery?

Ask your surgeon this question to make sure that they have completed high levels of training and education. Board certification is not easily obtained. By choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon, you can feel confident that your surgeon has been critically evaluated. Dr. Smith is proud to be a board-certified plastic surgeon.

  1. How long have you been in this field?

It is important to know if you are one of your surgeons first patients, or if they have decades of experience behind them.

Dr. Smith has been helping patients achieve the results of their dreams for over thirty years. You can read patient reviews here.

  1. Can I see before and after photos?

It’s a great idea to ask to see before and after photos of your surgeon’s patients. Look at people who have had the same procedure that you want. These images can give you an idea of the results that your surgeon can achieve.

Everyone has a unique body and therefore a unique surgical outcome, but before and after pictures can give you some valuable insight. The before and after photos of Dr. Smith’s patients are proof of his surgical skin, attention to detail, and artistic eye.

  1. Are you a member of any other professional organizations?

Surgeons can pursue additional professional memberships that recognize their skill and their commitment to continuing education. For example, to be an ASPS Member Surgeon, surgeons must be board-certified and perform surgery in an accredited or otherwise certified facility, among additional requirements.

Dr. Smith is a member of many professional societies, including:

  • The American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
  • The American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgical Facilities
  • The American College of Surgeons 
  1. Am I a good candidate for this procedure?

During your consultation, your surgeon should have an open and honest discussion about your candidacy.Dr. Smithemphasizes patient education, so he will take the time to explain the potential benefits and considerations associated with your chosen surgery. He will never suggest a procedure that does not align with your physical characteristics and goals.

Schedule Your Consultation with our Edina Plastic Surgeon

These questions are a great place to start, but don’t hesitate to ask some questions of your own! Create a list of everything that you want to ask to make sure that you don’t forget anything important.

Then, schedule your Edina, Minnesota plastic surgery consultation with Dr. Smith online or by calling 952-922-0895. We are confident that he will meet your high standards!