Cosmetic surgery is no longer a luxury. Heightened awareness of the potential life-changing benefit of procedures mixed with continued technological advancements and affordability has helped make it popular across all socioeconomic brackets. Being happy and confident is not considered selfish or excessive. People realize the importance of cultivating and maintaining inner and outer peace and well-being. In order for you to achieve those goals, we here at the North Shore Center for Facial, Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery have put together some must-do’s on your part, to make sure you’ve found the right surgeon for YOU. We invite you to peruse our website or call us with your questions at anytime at 866-875-3937. We look forward to speaking with you!
Due Diligence: Your Responsibility
Individuals interested in pursuing cosmetic surgery need to understand that proper due diligence is their right, responsibility and priority for finding a surgeon that is right for them. Doing research and educating yourself is paramount.
Make sure that your surgeon is an accredited and skilled doctor with solid training and extensive surgical experience. Verify a physician’s medical license, certifications and professional society memberships. Ask what it takes to be a member or to be board certified in a specialty.
Ask about the surgeon’s medical education and training specific to cosmetic surgery and the procedure that you are considering. How many and how often has the surgeon performed the procedures that you are considering?
Is the facility accredited? Two nationally recognized accreditation organizations are the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC), which accredits more than 5,000 surgery centers, and the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF), which accredits more than 2,000 surgery centers. Achieving accreditation can be a time-consuming, expensive process; some surgeons resist seeking accreditation for these reasons. To earn accreditation, a surgery center must meet quality standards designed to ensure the safe delivery of care to patients. Accredited facilities undergo on-site inspections every three years to ensure adherence to standards and to demonstrate improvement in quality of care.
Look for surgeons’ credentials on national online directories, such as the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery and HealthGrades.com (find Dr. Geroulis here). Use as many online and personal resources as possible.
Be sure you understand and accept which procedures are appropriate for you. Set realistic expectations.
Do you have a comfortable rapport with your surgeon? Do you feel at ease with the staff? Much of your communication will be with them. Do they address your concerns to your satisfaction? Don’t settle for an incomplete answer from anyone.
Don’t be fooled by false promises or “bargains.” Despite the fact that prices for cosmetic surgery in the United States have stabilized and, in some areas, dropped, there are still those who opt for low-priced vacation surgery packages in foreign countries with surgeons with inadequate specialist skills and training.
Cosmetic Surgery Just The Beginning
By educating yourself and holding realistic expectations, you’ve opened up a world of possibilities through cosmetic surgery. You’ve chosen to enrich your life, improve your self-esteem and be more in tune with the person you know you are. Life expectancy is on the rise, so why not make your 60s your new 40s? When you decide whether to have cosmetic surgery, follow your heart—and education—and do what feels right for you.
This story is sponsored by Dr. Anthony Geroulis of the North Shore Center for Facial, Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery, with offices in Northfield, Chicago and Hoffman Estates. Please visit www.geroulis.com or call 866-875-3937 for more information.