How Do I Choose A Cosmetic Plastic Surgeon In Hawaii?
The criteria for choosing a plastic surgeon in Hawaii is the same exact criteria for choosing a plastic surgeon in Detroit, Michigan. Not too long ago, my sister Kay called from Detroit and asked how she could pick a plastic surgeon. An obvious statement is that only plastic surgeons should do plastic surgery, therefore the minimum criteria for a plastic surgeon is that he or she should be Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.
Plastic surgery is a very broad specialty encompassing hand surgery, head and neck cancer surgery, cranial facial surgery, and of course, cosmetic plastic surgery. The next criteria for choosing a plastic surgeon for your cosmetic surgery is to only go with the plastic surgeon who is a member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. This is an inner group of plastic surgeons who have identified themselves as having strong interests in cosmetic surgery.
In Hawaii, as in Michigan, almost zero cosmetic plastic surgery is done in a hospital anymore, therefore the third criteria for choosing the right cosmetic plastic surgeon is that he or she operates in a certified surgery center. The highest certification and the one held by most plastic surgeons’ surgery centers is the American Association for the Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgical Facilities known as Quad ASF. Of course, some very good cosmetic plastic surgeons may operate in other facilities, but I told my sister Kay the safest way to pick the right surgeon is to find one who operates in a Quad A facility.
It’s true that around the country, many plastic surgeons used nurse anesthetists to give the anesthesia, and some nurse anesthetist are excellent. But the greatest safety, in my opinion, is if the person giving anesthesia is an Board Certified M.D. anesthesiologist.
To operate in a surgery center, a plastic surgeon needs credentials at a local hospital. I told my sister Kay to find out which hospital the various plastic surgeons she was interested in worked at, then call those hospitals and see if the doctors had privileges to do whatever procedure she was contemplating.
Online patient reviews have become a very important part of how patients choose their plastic surgeon. The #1 plastic surgery online review website is Real Self. Also important are Vital Signs, Health Grades, and Make Me Heal. I suggested Kay review these sites.
Above, I have listed the criteria which I recommended to my sister and which I recommend to every patient considering cosmetic surgery in Hawaii.
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