Finding the right plastic surgeon for you

The decision to have plastic surgery is extremely personal.  This procedure permanently alter your body, which makes some people intimated  – and this is perfectly natural. This means that there needs to be a certain level of trust between a patient and his or her plastic surgeon, and it is important to find the right professional for you. Here are some tips on how to seek out and work with a physician with whom you feel comfortable and confident:

Do your homework first
This is your assignment: To ask friends and family about their experiences with board-certified plastic surgeons. Self Magazine said that it is a good idea to get a referral from a person you know and whose opinion you value. Plus, since you are close to this individual, chances are they won't mind showing you the end result of the work they had done on their body; it's the added bonus of asking someone close to you for advice. If you still want other viewpoints, hop online and do your research. Read reviews of local plastic surgeons. When you find a facility and a doctor of interest , call and ask to come in for a consultation – the best way to get a sense of who they are.

Bring your questions
Nervous about Liposuction? Apprehensive about SculpSure? Come to your physician's office armed with questions, the source said. If you have to, write them down – it's better to arrive prepared. And be sure to check and see if your potential plastic surgeon is affiliated with a hospital. It's better to be safe than sorry.

Don't look to Instagram for your plastic surgeon
Thanks to visual social media platforms like Instagram, people share anything and everything – and even advertise medical procedures. Refinery29 strongly suggested that you don't search Instagram for your physician. First of all, the "after" images may be enhanced or use stock models. Second, people touting their expertise may not be board-certified plastic surgeons. The takeaway? Don't take the pretty images to be true.

There are so many talented, accredited plastic surgeons out there that you will be able to make your decision with ease. Taking a bit of time to research will help you feel comfortable and excited about your cosmetic surgeon – a relationship that can last for years to come.

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