How to Find a Plastic Surgeon

Have you been thinking about a cosmetic procedure? Maybe a particular feature, such as your nose, has been an area of concern for your whole life. Or maybe you have just recently noticed wrinkles developing and you want to learn more about injectables to head them off. No matter how small or large your desired procedure is, it is very important to find the right physician.


It is, of course, very important to find a surgeon who is qualified and well educated. You want someone who has experience. It is just as important to find someone you feel comfortable with as this is an important factor in ensuring that you and your surgeon are on the same page. You have to be able to freely discuss your desires and expectations and be comfortable with and trusting of the answers you receive. It is recommended that you schedule appointments to consult with physicians you are considering, and if you are not fully comfortable, try someone else.


Put some effort into learning about your surgeon’s qualifications. Your surgeon should be board certified in facial plastic surgery or plastic surgery. Sometimes, physicians in other specialties will do cosmetic procedures, but it is best that you find someone who truly specializes in what you want to do. Dr. Kabaker, for instance, is certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.


The procedure should also be performed at an accredited facility. Most cosmetic procedures these days are performed in outpatient surgical centers. Make sure that the one you are visiting is up to date and accredited. This will tell you that it has been inspected and is equipped to handle any emergencies that might arise. We have been surveyed and accredited every 3 years since 1991.


Ask to see before and after photos of other patients who have had the procedure you are interested in. You want to see that your surgeon has performed this procedure many times with good results. As a side benefit, this will help you get a better idea of what your results may look like. We can show you many more examples in the privacy of the office than we can post on the website. We follow a strict privacy policy and most patients who allow us to show pictures in private will not consent for their photos to be posted on the Internet. Also, with computer imaging we can show how your surgery result can look using you own images.


If you are interested in a consult to see if Dr. Kabaker is a good fit for you, contact his Oakland, California, office at 800-914-4247 to schedule an appointment.


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