Things to Consider Before Choosing Your Plastic Surgeon

Facial plastic surgery usually makes us think of nose jobs or a facelift.

The decision to undergo plastic surgery is very personal and can be life-changing, so it should not be taken lightly. Although there are a number of important factors to consider prior to scheduling your procedure, the most significant consideration is your choice of best plastic surgeon. The result of your surgery will in part be a reflection of your surgeon’s knowledge, skill, and experience. As such, it is important that you choose a surgeon whom you feel you can trust and communicate openly with. The following factors should be taken into consideration when narrowing down your Toronto plastic surgeon selection.

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Credentials

When researching potential surgeons, it is crucial to be aware of the distinction between cosmetic surgeons and general surgeons. General surgeons may not have undergone training in cosmetic or reconstructive surgery. Plastic surgeons, on the other hand, are highly qualified specialists who have completed a minimum of 5 years of training in reconstructive and cosmetic plastic surgery and are accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada after completing a rigorous examination. In Canada, only that regulatory body can certify plastic surgeons, so looking for this credential is an important first step to be sure that you are working with a highly qualified expert.

Area of specialization

The next factor to take into consideration is the surgeon’s area of specialization. To ensure that you achieve optimal results, it is important to narrow down your search to surgeons who specialize in the specific surgery that you are interested in. For example, if you are planning to undergo a rhinoplasty procedure, it is best to choose a surgeon with a speciality in facial plastic surgery rather than a surgeon whose practice is dedicated to body procedures such as liposuction or tummy tucks. While surgeons may offer both face and body procedures, it is advisable to inquire what is their speciality and to narrow down your options based on the level of expertise that each surgeon has in the procedure you are pursuing.

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Previous Work

Examining each surgeon’s body of work is also an important step in the research process. Carefully review the before and after galleries available on each surgeon’s website to see examples of patients who had similar concerns and have achieved results that you would be thrilled with.

The consultation

After narrowing down your list of potential surgeons, it is important to schedule consultations with any surgeons whom you are considering. This step will allow you to learn more about the qualifications and experience of each surgeon while also determining which surgeon is the best fit for you. It is important that you feel comfortable during the consultation. The surgeon should take his or her time listening to your concerns, answering your questions thoroughly, and discussing the anticipated outcome of the procedure. If you feel rushed or are concerned that the surgeon has not carefully listened to your goals for the surgery, you may find it helpful to seek a second opinion. The right surgeon will be empathetic, make you feel at ease, and leave you feeling confident in their ability to meet your goals for the procedure.

If you are considering plastic surgery, we welcome you to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Cory Torgerson, one of the top plastic surgeons in Toronto.

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