When a Plastic Surgeon Goes Under the Knife: Dr. Poulos’ Inside Tips

Posted on September 14, 2012 by Cynthia M. Poulos, M.D.

So what does a plastic surgeon look for, when she is choosing a cosmetic surgeon for herself? Here are my Top 5 Insider Secrets to selecting the very best in aesthetic medicine:

1. American Board of Plastic Surgery certification.
Absolutely a must-have. You can find a Board-certified surgeon online at plastic surgery.org

2. Experience.
With eah procedure, a surgeon continues to perfect her technique. Look for someone who has performed in the high-hundreds (or more) of the procedure that is of interest to you.

3. A sense of artistry and balance.
Although it can be difficult for the layperson to determine sometimes, ask yourself when reviewing Before and After photos:  Does the surgery look obvious or subtle? Does a post-facelift patient look refreshed or tightly pulled? Are breast implants in proportion to the patient’s frame?

4. A wait list.
A busy surgeon is a skilled surgeon! Good things come to those who wait.

5. Innovation and advanced technique.
Breast reduction and abdominoplasty surgeries should be drain-free. I use a “bloodless” laser scapel in my breast reduction surgeries, even though it is more costly to my practice to do so. Less blood means less swelling and bruising, which translates to an accelerated recovery for the patient. Facelift scars should be well-camouflaged to blend in with the natural anatomy of the ear and hairline. My facial cosmetic surgery scars are notoriously difficult to detect, even under close scrutiny.