Many people in Toronto schedule plastic surgery to improve their appearance each year. You might be surprised to learn that men represent a growing number of people looking to nip and tuck their way to youthful good looks.
At the Torgerson clinic, roughly 40% of our clientele is male, and Dr. Cory Torgerson is adept in addressing the specific aesthetic concerns unique to men and women as well as ethnicity, making each procedure and treatment plan completely bespoke. If you’re seeking plastic surgery in Toronto for the first time, this is your definitive guide.
Plastic surgery in Toronto: What comes before the booking?
If you’re new to the world of cosmetic medicine or surgical procedures, then navigating your way through independent research, consultation booking, and decisions may feel daunting. It’s normal to be a little overwhelmed with the sheer volume of information floating around. This guide will help you streamline the process, ensuring that you get the most from your journey and don’t miss anything important.
Choosing the right approach for you will require guidance from an expert. You should also feel that your chosen surgeon is entirely on the same page with you. Reassurance that they understand your needs and goals along with the ability to deliver beyond your expectations means careful preparation on your part as a patient. There are a few “need-to-know” tips that can ensure you don’t wind up disappointed.
1. Get recommendations from real people
You’ll be committing to more than one meeting with your chosen expert. Plastic surgery in Toronto often involves no less than 6 in-office appointments from beginning to end. And sometimes more. That means that your surgeon should not only be highly skilled, but pleasant to talk with, a good listener, and someone you understand and have a good connection with. You’ll get a clear idea of whether there’s a good fit after chatting with the people who went before you.
2. Do a little online shopping
Social media can be a good resource for more background about where a surgeon likes to be involved, have fun, and share their expertise. You’ll get a sense of the surgeon’s personality along with the depth of their credentials and accountability. Start with your surgeon’s website, which should clearly list where they were educated and accredited. Then take it from there.
Dr. Cory Torgerson is regularly asked to teach and lecture on topics of aesthetic medicine across North America. His extensive medical education and surgical specialty training was conducted at the prestigious University of Toronto. Plastic surgery colleagues and patients across the nation recognize him as a leader in his field. Certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, he’s focused his career on head, neck, and facial surgery. Dr. Torgerson’s exceptional skill has been highlighted on Global News, The Marilyn Denis Show, 16×9, The Morning Show, E!, City News, and Beauty Channel Beauty News. He enjoys interacting with patients through social media accounts and video content that highlights the passion and diversity of his talented staff.
3. View reviews from strangers with a healthy dose of skepticism
As well, consider the quality of before and after photos with a little healthy skepticism. You can reliably trust pictures that show a patient clearly, in the same light, and more or less the same position for both shots. If the photos appear photoshopped, too blurry for details, or lit very differently, they could be unreliable. It’s common and very reasonable to ask for patient photos once you are in the surgeon’s office for a consultation. Due to patient privacy, many plastic surgery practices in Toronto will provide these before and afters in office rather than on the Internet.
4. Verify the highest accreditation standards
In Canada, a general surgeon is a medical doctor who went on to complete an additional 5-year residency in general surgery. A plastic surgeon is a specialist who has completed additional reconstructive and aesthetic surgery after that. Plastic surgery typically describes reconstructive, aesthetic surgery, whereas cosmetic surgery is entirely elective and is designed to improve appearance. These terms are often used interchangeably by the public.
A cosmetic facial plastic surgeon is similar to a plastic surgeon in the sense that they’ve completed an additional 6 years or more of intensive surgical training. In this case, they’ll be focused on head, neck, and facial surgery.
Dr. Cory Torgerson is certified by Canada’s primary regulatory college, which verifies that surgeons are qualified and accountable: the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. (This is similar to the highest-level board certification for American plastic surgeons.) If you’re seeking plastic surgery in Toronto, your chosen specialist must be accredited by this organization. As well, please pay attention to where they’ve focused their additional, in-depth training and practice until now. You won’t want to choose a general surgeon for your facelift, but just as importantly, you wouldn’t want to choose a plastic surgeon who spends most of their time on tummy tucks and breast augmentations.
Dr. Torgerson provides his patients with a customized, artistic approach to facial plastic surgery, because he’s gone above and beyond requirements in education and skill development, then honed his innovative techniques over 17 years of practice in Toronto.
5. Ask what hospital your surgeon is affiliated with
6. Bring a list of questions and pictures to your consultation
Your surgeon can review such photos and use 3D Vectra imaging to explore visual representations of possible outcomes with you. If you forget to ask everything you wanted to at your consultation, don’t worry. You’ll meet with your surgeon for a pre-operative appointment, and you can reach out with any concerns or questions before the big day.
You’ll be able to determine what your personalized quote for surgery is at the consultation too. Feel free to ask what services and details are included in the fees and to be connected with medical financing companies if you wish.
7. Pay attention to your instincts
If the surgical practice you consult uses high-pressure sales tactics to convince you to book immediately, that’s a bad sign as well. An ethical and professional facial plastic surgeon wants happy patients, not pressured ones. They should not promise perfection and will be honest about both the pros and cons of any procedure. They’ll tell you if you’re not an ideal client for your chosen operation and why that is. It’s always okay to listen to your gut, ask questions, wait, or simply move on.
Saying “yes” to self-care and finally making the improvements you want can be exhilarating, but also intimidating. Our caring, experienced staff aim to welcome like family each client who walks through our doors and make the experience as easy as it is beautiful. We look forward to meeting you.