Choosing the right cosmetic surgeon will determine the quality of your results. Patients should start with considering a surgeon’s skill, experience, training and approach to your cosmetic surgery goals. At Southern Surgical Arts, we recommend that you do your homework before choosing your surgeon.
Interviewing your Surgeon
If you interview a surgeon who makes promises that seem too good to be true, or reacts defensively in response to your questions, you should probably consider choosing a different surgeon. At Southern Surgical Arts, we know patient comfort and confidence is essential to a positive surgical experience. We welcome your questions will assist you in your decision process.
Questions you should ask a prospective cosmetic surgeon include:
1) How many of these procedures have you performed?
2) Are you board certified?
3) What will happen during my surgery/procedure?
4) What will my recovery be like?
5) May I see some of your before and after pictures of a procedure like mine?
Even if a prospective cosmetic surgeon welcomes your questions and seems knowledgeable, he still might not be the ideal candidate to perform your procedure. So how can you tell you have the right surgeon for your needs?
The Proof is in the Pictures
Number five in the list above, “May I see some before and after pictures of a procedure like mine?” is key to increasing your chances of achieving your desired outcome. Why? Because pictures can tell you so much about the skill of the surgeon you are considering
A surgeon who is confident in his ability, who has hundreds of similar procedures under his belt, and who has scores of satisfied patients will likely already have pictures displayed prominently on the practice’s website, or will offer to produce them before you have to ask.
After all, cosmetic surgery is an art. And like other forms of art, it should be displayed proudly.
You may find a surgeon who can speak knowledgeably and authoritatively about every aspect of a particular procedure, but knowledge does not necessarily translate into the skill and artistry that the best cosmetic surgery requires. Asking to view before and after pictures will help you make the most informed decision possible.
Southern Surgical Arts boasts one of the most comprehensive before and after picture galleries in the Southeast. Our board-certified surgeons, Dr. Chad Deal and Dr. Carey Nease, have performed more than 10,000 cosmetic surgical procedures, and they know that patients need more than “just talk” to make the most informed decision.
We’re happy to show you that “the proof is in the pudding”—and you don’t even have to ask. It’s all right here on our website, ready for your review. The results speak for themselves.