For anyone considering a cosmetic procedure, researching a physician is an essential step in the process of selection. Choosing a surgeon that is right for you calls for some exploration, asking the right questions, and conviction in your own personal judgment. Here are some tips to help get started:
Identify exactly what your goals are. Having a clear objective and the ability to express this to your surgeon will help them come up with the appropriate treatment plan that you’re comfortable with. A good idea is to make a list of your concerns and then discuss them at your consultation.
Experience matters. Make sure your surgeon is properly credentialed and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery. Their expertise will be unparalleled by other physicians who may be specialized in something else, such as gynecology or dermatology.
Ask the right questions. Knowing what to ask during your consultation is a great way to determine if the surgeon is in line with your needs and goals. Ask them how long they’ve been in practice and view their work. Any qualified physician will proudly produce image of before and after photos of their work.
Be thoughtful in your decision. Take the time you need to come to a conclusion about which surgeon is right for you. You should never feel pressured to undergo a treatment or procedure and should only do so when it feels right and you feel comfortable with your doctor.
If you or someone you know is currently in the process of vetting a cosmetic surgeon in Santa Monica, we would be happy to answer any questions regarding any of the procedures we perform. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Mark Youssef, please contact our office today!