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Beyond Social Media: How to Measure Your Doctor’s Ability to Meet Your Needs

Plastic surgery, compared to other areas of surgery, has been at the forefront of embracing social media. Before Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest were household names, plastic surgeons were posting photos, videos, and more on their websites and social media profiles. 

When reading about celebrity nasal surgery on Facebook or seeing nose operations on YouTube, often a cursory overview is given to the viewer.  When one wishes to have a more in depth understanding of the procedure, a comprehensive consultation with an expert surgeon is the best way to achieve that goal.

 In this post, you’ll learn three questions to ask that will help you refine your search for the best doctor to meet your nasal surgery needs.

Is Your Doctor Board Certified?

When a physician is Board Certified, it means that he or she has met the rigorous requirements after completing a specialty residency training in the field of plastic surgery.

My training is in both Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.  I am certified by both the American Board of Otolaryngology Head and neck Surgery and the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS).

While I definitely believe being certified by two surgical boards has better enabled me to serve my patients, there are many great plastic surgeons who are only certified by either one of these boards.  Understanding credentials is the first step in assuring that you obtain the result you desire.

Is the Doctor’s Facility AAAASF Certified?

The American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities, Inc. (AAAASF), is considered the “gold standard” for patient safety. If the facility where you’ll undergo your rhinoplasty is AAAASF-certified, it has passed stringent standards to ensure a safe surgical experience.

I currently serve as the President of AAAASF after having been a member of the Board of Directors for a number of years.  I am proud of the work AAAASF has done to improve outcomes and safeguard the public.

Are you asking the Right Questions?

How long has your surgeon been practicing? In which professional societies are they members?

Did you ask to see a list of academic publications they have contributed to the scientific literature? Do they hold any leadership positions within any of the societies or organizations to which they belong? This last question speaks to a doctor’s motivation to serve, improve the plastic surgery profession as a whole, and stay abreast of the latest information.

No doubt, social media has played an important role in spreading awareness about nasal surgery. My colleagues and I have extensive websites that highlight our procedures and our expertise. During your search, however, it’s important to move beyond fully featured and beautiful websites and dig deeply into your doctor’s education, accreditation, and place among his or her fellow doctors. During your search, it’s important to seek out surgeons with years (and even decades) of experience, a long list of satisfied patients, and who hold current leadership positions within highly respected medical organizations. 

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