Having plastic surgery is no small feat. You are giving someone permission to physically alter your face for medical and/or cosmetic benefit. Naturally, you will want to make sure that only the best plastic surgeons in Toronto make your shortlist. Here are some tips to make it easier to track down the most qualified and capable doctors to entrust with your face.

Check The Society And The College

The Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons is the official body for plastic surgeons in this country. Membership means that your candidate has been properly trained in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. This is just the first step, however. You should also check with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons to make sure your candidate is a) certified to practice in your province b) has not had their license revoked and c) is certified for the specific type of procedure you are looking for. Remember that only the Royal College can certify surgeons with specialities.

Ask About Frequency

The tricky thing about trying to find the best plastic surgeon in Toronto is that “best” can be a highly variable term. If someone is considered the best at facelifts, except you need rhinoplasty, they may only have performed that particular procedure a handful of times in the past year. Don’t be afraid to inquire about how often your surgeon performs the type of plastic surgery you are looking for.

Ask Around

Doctors and surgeons in the same city are aware of each other, either by word-of-mouth or actual interactions and work experience. If you know anyone connected to your candidate (a family doctor, someone who works in a nearby clinic or hospital, past patient, etc.) talk to them to see if there’s a word-on-the-street about your prospective doctor. While you might not be able to confirm your candidate is the best facial plastic surgeon in Toronto, you will at least be able to get a sense of what they are like as a professional and a person.

Give “What Ifs”

Your candidate should have gone over possible risks or concerns related to the surgery during your consultation–and if they haven’t, this is a red flag, so it is worth asking what their plan will be if any issues arise. Don’t be afraid of sounding overly-cautious–it’s your body and you should not let someone operate on it unless they have your full confidence. Ask if the candidate has admitting privileges at nearby hospitals and that they have malpractice insurance.

Beware Of Salesmanship

Doctors have an obligation to be realistic when speaking to their patients (or in this case, potential patients). If a candidate is saying that they can “guarantee” results, minimizes talk about recovery time, dismisses concerns about complications, or is trying to push additional procedures, consider these behaviors to be warning signs. Ego is also something worth keeping an eye out for. It’s one thing if your candidate is considered by others to be the best plastic surgeon in Toronto, but it is quite another if they offer the title themselves.

Find Someone You Are Comfortable With

You need to be able to feel comfortable with the plastic surgeon you choose to work with. If you don’t think that your candidate has a personal interest in your outcome, understands what you want, respects your concerns, or if they just feel off, then go with your gut.

Dr. Philip Solomon is an Otolaryngologist Head and Neck Surgeon who practices Facial Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery in Toronto, where he specializes in rhinoplasty and facial cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. Dr. Solomon strives to ensure that his patients have a full picture before decisions are made. To learn more about plastic surgery or to book a consultation, call Solomon Facial Plastic at 1-866-293-0616.