“I have been planning to have plastic surgery for a long time, but on the way to my cherished dream, the question always arises of how not to make a mistake with the choice of a specialist. Today there are so many false professionals posing as plastic gurus that it seems unsafe to go under the scalpel than ever. Can you tell me how to make sure that in front of me is a good specialist? What points to this in the first place?”
Reader marieclaire.ru, 36 years old
When choosing a plastic surgeon, two main factors should be taken into account. And then focus on the philosophy and handwriting of the surgeon.
Study the qualifications of a specialist
The first and main factor is the education of a doctor. The specialty “plastic surgery” was approved in Russia in 2009. Up to this point, a specialist only needed to complete an internship or residency in surgery to work as a plastic surgeon on the body, and a residency in maxillofacial surgery to work on the face.
Since 2009, after graduating from the medical medical faculty of a higher educational institution, a student enters a residency in plastic surgery and receives a diploma. That is, after 8 years of specialized training and practice, a person can engage in plastic surgery.
Thus, a doctor must have a diploma of higher medical education ― it can be medical practice, pediatrics, etc. The main thing is documentary evidence of higher medical education and residency in plastic surgery.
Pay attention to the equipment of the clinic
The second factor is the medical institution where the surgeon operates. In 2018, there were drastic changes in the licensing of plastic surgery. It was forbidden to perform even such minor operations as blepharoplasty under local anesthesia in normal outpatient conditions.
Now plastic surgery operations are carried out only within the hospital. This means a round-the-clock stay of the patient in the clinic, the presence of intensive care, laboratory, X-ray diagnostics or CT diagnostics and many other serious positions that should be in the clinic. In addition, the institution itself should be located in a separate building. In no case in a residential building or an office center, as was previously allowed.
Look at the works and ask questions
When the two above-mentioned factors coincide in the specialist and clinic you have chosen, then you need to carefully study the work of a particular plastic surgeon. The most accessible and popular way is social networks. If you like before and after photos, healing results and the surgeon’s handwriting, feel free to go for a consultation.
Ask the doctor all the questions you are interested in, and also ask him to show the original photos from the main medium without proofreading and Photoshop. If you have received detailed and reliable information, you can safely go to this surgeon for surgery and be sure that you will get the desired result with a probability of more than 90%.
Make a conscious decision about the operation
I recommend performing operations only when the issue is really ripe and you are fully ready for it. Such a decision should not be spontaneous. It cannot be taken on the basis of an emotional impulse or the thought “why not”.
Preparing for an operation is a long process that also includes analytical work on your part and collecting information. Therefore, I recommend going to a consultation with at least three, and preferably five surgeons, in order to determine exactly your specialist, trust him and be sure of the result.
A leading plastic surgeon and founder of the DMC Center for Innovative Medicine. Winner in the nomination “The best plastic surgeon in blepharoplasty” of the international award in the field of beauty and health “Grace”.