Culture can sometimes trivialize important decisions. Nowhere is this more prevalent than the realm of plastic surgery. Television shows like Botched, Extreme Makeover and Nip/Tuck emphasize the celebrity angle, where Hollywood stars and the über-rich pay outrageous fees to maintain or recover a youthful and winsome appearance. Granted, plastic surgeons can do marvelous things for self-image and outward aspects. It is worth remembering, nevertheless, that they are medical doctors whose first priority is the health of their patients. Prospective patients should consider several factors when picking a competent and trustworthy plastic surgeon.
Knowledge and Training
A reliable plastic surgeon possesses the know-how and proficiency to do the job well. Whether the procedure is cosmetic or restorative, the practitioner must, above all, adhere to the dictate of the Hippocratic Oath: “First, do no harm.” One way to discover a doctor who is both authoritative in the practice of the craft and discerning in those things that make each patient unique is to check credentials.
Maturity and Skill
Secondly, an appropriate candidate should exhibit a record of success regarding the particular procedure. While there need not be any age requirement, the plastic surgeon of choice should have a documented collection of satisfied patients who can attest to the doctor’s technical excellence and quality patient care. In addition, he will speak about the operation with ease and familiarity, having performed it with the frequency that instills unquestionable prowess. Perhaps an older surgeon has the advantage here but do not discount younger professionals.
The Buzz: Positive Word of Mouth
Probably the cheapest and best marketing campaign there is, word of mouth lends credibility and real-life validity to a physician’s reputation. Plastic surgeons can promote themselves through websites, brochures, articles, and speeches to the Rotary Club. Only the testimonies of those who have direct experience under their care give the patient’s point of view.
Honesty and Integrity
Even a genius with a scalpel can be a scoundrel. The doctor might overpromise and underdeliver. A careful review of a plastic surgeon’s malpractice defenses can shed light on the matter. Contacting the state medical board is a first step. Remember, plastic surgery is a high-risk specialty so most doctors have some record. The nature of the litigation tells the tale.
At the Plastic Surgery Center, Jeff Scott, MD, FACS has received the “Compassionate Doctor Recognition” for 2011-2018, the “Patient Choice Award” for 2011-2018, the “America’s Top Plastic Surgeons Award” for 2013-2018, the “Vitals Top 10 Doctor Award,” and the “Top Plastic Surgeon in the Southwest Florida Coast” for 2018. If you are interested in learning more about Dr. Scott and his practice, contact our office today! We are conveniently located in Sarasota and Bradenton, FL.