No matter whether you live on the Big Island in the Kona district, in Pittsburgh or Beverly Hills, what should you look for in a cosmetic plastic surgeon?
Obviously, the first and most important element is that your plastic surgeon be certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Plastic surgeons who have completed this board certification have at least three years of general, orthopedic, urology or ENT surgical training followed by a minimum of 2-3 years of plastic surgery at a university medical center.
Board certification ensures that the surgeon has been scrutinized by senior Board Certified plastic surgeons, that he or she has technical skills as well as academic skills which make this specialty trained surgeon safe and knowledgeable about what he or she can or cannot do.
When choosing your plastic surgeon, be sure that he or she has privileges to do the surgeries you are considering at a local hospital. Hospitals give out surgical privileges only after observing the individual surgeon in an operating room setting. Never take chances with your health or your appearance.
An inner circle of plastic surgeons who have identified themselves as specializing in cosmetic plastic surgery are those physicians who belong to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Choosing such a surgeon increases your chance of getting a quality plastic surgical procedure.
In Kona, Hilo and throughout the State of Hawaii, prospective plastic surgery patients should always choose surgeons who are Fellows of the American College of Surgeons. These surgeons are identified by having the letters FACS after the M.D. in their title. Even though the American College of Surgeons is a national organization, certification is done at the local level. This means that a surgeon, whether plastic, orthopedic, or whatever, is considered by other local surgeons to be knowledgeable, safe and in good standing in the local medical community.
Social networking allows the perspective Kona plastic surgery patients to see what previous plastic surgery patients are saying about individual surgeons. Patient reviews can be found on such websites as RealSelf.com, Angie’s List, Vitals, Health Grades, and WOW City.com. Google Plus is also a valuable place to check out the reputations of various surgeons who perform cosmetic plastic surgery.
Getting plastic surgery in Kona is a process, not only in checking out credentials and picking the right surgeon, but post-operatively having good follow up as well. A Board Certified plastic surgeon operating on Kona and Hilo patients needs a full-time office on the Big Island as well as a dedicated Big Island staff to see and treat patients between surgeon visits.
As you can see, choosing the right plastic surgeon in Kona, Honolulu, or anywhere in Hawaii takes research and due diligence. Never take unnecessary chances with your health or appearance.