Cosmetic surgery is more popular now than ever before and this increase in demand is being met by a growing number of practitioners. With such a variety of Toronto facial plastic surgeons, best methods for narrowing the list down are listed below. Here are some tips you can use when you begin looking into potential surgeons, so that the final decision can be one you are comfortable with and confident in.
Know Your Terms
There are specific rules regarding how doctors can describe themselves when advertising their services. For instance, a doctor may not advertise themselves as a “surgeon” unless they are certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. The college will also certify advanced, specialized training such as that required for facial plastic surgery. Don’t forget to check credentials by looking up your candidate at the College itself. Incidentally, although it is natural to think of your search for the best plastic surgeon in Toronto, be wary of a doctor who claims that they are the best.
Talk To Your Current Doctor
Talk to your family doctor about your decision to seek cosmetic surgery. This has several possible benefits. Not only can your doctor help you consider your choice and make sure you are seeking cosmetic surgery for the right reasons, they can also inform you about whether your current health status makes you a good candidate for surgery. Some medical conditions or medications can make surgery difficult or unsafe. If you find yourself in this category, your doctor can help figure out a way to minimize or remove the obstacle (such as by switching medications, etc.). In addition, your doctor may know of nearby cosmetic surgeons and can make recommendations.
Some of the top people to help you in find the best facial plastic surgeon in Toronto are past patients. Even if you don’t know anyone in your circles who has had plastic surgery, it’s possible that your friends and coworkers may know someone themselves. First-hand accounts of how a doctor behaved, how well-cared-for the patient felt, and how satisfied they were with the surgery can sometimes be more valuable than nameless before-or-after pictures.
Book A Consultation
No matter how much research and inquiry you do, at some point it will be necessary to actually sit down with your potential surgeon and give them an assessment yourself. When going into a consultation, it is helpful to have a list of questions prepared or a checklist to go through of what you want to know. You can include questions about qualifications, inquiries about the specifics of the procedure, what-if scenarios to make sure the surgeon is prepared in case the unexpected arises, and even tough questions about what the surgeon will do if you aren’t satisfied with the result. Doctors generally want to be frank and honest with their patients (and potential patients). They also need to know about you, your goals and your expectations.
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 they 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.