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Considering facial surgeons in Toronto? While it’s easy to become overwhelmed by the sheer volume of clinics, procedures, and anecdotes from friends and family, we have something encouraging to tell you: You’re in charge. We’ve got some tips for you on interviewing facial surgeons, and we’ll explain why the interview is so important.

Did you know that as someone seeking a facial surgeon in Toronto, you’re in the important position of interviewer? You’re “hiring” for one of the most important jobs there is? A sought-after facial surgeon, Dr. Cory Torgerson, may be one of a few skilled professionals you meet with before deciding what’s best for you. We encourage patients to enjoy the planning and consultation process. Take your time and get what you want from it.

While facial surgeries like rhinoplasty and facelift have grown in popularity, the safety and excellence of each treatment depend significantly on the surgeon chosen.

There are several factors to be weighed before making a choice. Do you find credentials confusing? Toronto plastic surgery clinics are not all created equal. Here we’ll tell you how to approach interviewing your surgeon and their practice. We’ll outline a few of the essential questions to ask and why it’s necessary to know these things before going ahead. Consulting a facial surgeon doesn’t have to be stressful. Just remember, you’re in the driver’s seat.

1. Facial surgeon: reviews, before and afters

In addition to facelift or rhinoplasty before and after photos, images of chin implants, youthful eyelids, and smooth brows, you’ll want feedback from patients themselves. Currently, most of us don’t even go to a restaurant without reading reviews. We want to know how an experience was rated beyond what the owners present through marketing. You’ll have homework to do prior to consultation.

What to keep in mind: There should be plenty of real patient feedback about your surgeon online. Of these, most should be favourable, yet the odd unhappy or frustrated person will write reviews too. When you come across a negative one, you’ll need to weigh the message content. Some people have unrealistic expectations, and virtually any surgeon will receive negative feedback occasionally, but the content of all messages taken together should paint a picture of someone who is consistently professional, understanding, skilled, thorough, and reviewed favourably. If a bad review doesn’t seem to fit with the others, it’s fair to ignore it. If multiple negative comments form a trend, you’ll be wise to pay closer attention. Credible facial surgeons have consistently high ratings and great reviews from patients.

There are often more patient photos available to view in the clinic because patient preferences mean many aren’t comfortable sharing their facial pictures online. Dr. Torgerson will provide images of previous patients to ensure that you have realistic expectations.

2. Ask if you’re a good candidate

Generally, candidates for cosmetic surgery procedures are in good health both physically and mentally. Hypertension, endocrine disorders, or depression may indicate that elective surgery isn’t safe for you. Keep in mind that each person’s health picture will be considered separately. It’s critical that you be totally honest with your surgeon and tell them about all prescriptions or supplements that you take. If you smoke or use nicotine, you may be asked to stop for a time before planning your facial cosmetic surgery.

It’s also crucial to be mentally and emotionally stable, which is why facial plastic surgery is not considered an appropriate response to grief or disappointing life events. Improving and enhancing your features could provide a real boost to your self-esteem and help you feel great about how you look, but even the best plastic surgeon in Toronto can’t change or heal deeper issues, and the stress of recovery could exacerbate those pre-existing problems.

3. Evaluate the facial surgeon’s clinic

When interviewing a potential facial surgeon, you’re also able to determine the quality and safety of their operating facilities. Dr. Torgerson’s Toronto, facial plastic surgery clinic was designed with chic comfort and a bright, welcoming atmosphere. However, more vital aspects of our facility are the safety and accreditation we have as an out-of-hospital, level 3 surgical centre. From top-of-the-line equipment and experienced, licenced medical staff to the contemporary décor and cleanliness, our surgical suites make an excellent impression.

You can ask to review where you’ll be receiving treatment to verify that the space is fully licenced and up to standard. Every detail of our offices has been meticulously planned to make your experience with Dr. Torgerson a pleasant one.

4. Certification—what should you expect?

In the U.S., properly certified surgeons are referred to as board-certified, though there is a range of boards, and not all of them carry the same weight and implication of excellence. In Canada, our single regulatory college for surgeons is the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Only this accreditation indicates that your facial surgeon is qualified for your work. This certification requires rigorous training, ongoing testing, and accountability.

Additionally, you’ll want to look for extensive education beyond general surgery to suggest that the surgeon has earned cosmetic, plastic, reconstructive, and other facial specialties. When it comes to planning something like a facelift, merely seeking out the best plastic surgeon in Ontario will not be ideal. Instead, you’ll need to verify that your practitioner has devoted considerable training time and practice to the procedure you’re most interested in. For the face, this typically means being certified in head and neck surgery and facial plastic surgery and being designated a maxillofacial surgeon or otolaryngologist.

These specialists possess far more in-depth knowledge about the intricacies of working on the face than a surgeon who focuses on the body. You’re perfectly within your rights to ask how many nose jobs in Toronto have you performed? How many chin implants, brow lifts, or eyelid surgeries? Don’t simply assume that your interviewee is an experienced facial surgeon until they confirm that for you.

Dr. Torgerson is a renowned expert in both surgical and non-surgical facial treatments to enhance facial features holistically. As one of the more talented, respected facial cosmetic surgeons in Canada, he has many years of training in head, neck, and facial plastic surgery. It takes a keen understanding of related anatomy along with superior surgical and artistic skills to deliver consistently excellent results.

5. Access to provincially certified hospitals

In Ontario, facial plastic surgeons must apply for their hospital privileges. With excellent qualifications and reputation, the right to operate at one or more highly regarded hospital is granted. For instance, Dr. Torgerson’s hospital privileges at Sunnybrook Hospital are prestigious and represent respect among colleagues. He is regularly asked to teach and demonstrate surgical innovations to professionals in his field. Dr. Torgerson operates his own completely private clinic but also shares welcome access at Sunnybrook when desired. These facilities, both private and public, are regularly inspected and must past strict tests to run.

6. Ask about your anaesthesia

The medications used to put patients to sleep or to dull sensation aren’t one-size-fits-all. Many people overlook this discussion with their facial surgeon, but learning more can help put them at ease and make them feel empowered and less anxious heading into their operation.

Both local and general anaesthesia are considered statistically safe when they are administered by qualified personnel. You may have heard of IV sedation or twilight sleep. Between anaesthetic that puts you deeply under, and those that simply numb tissue while you stay wide awake, there’s no right or wrong choice. The best approach varies, depending on the individuals and their specific procedures.

For instance, local anesthesia offers a shorter initial recovery, but doesn’t have the safest profile when applied in high amounts to large areas. General anesthesia can leave a person feeling dizzy or nauseous briefly after. It’s typically the safest, practical method choice for more complex, extensive, and prolonged procedures. Your facial surgeon will be pleased to discuss the details of each.

7. You deserve a thorough consultation

Your consultation is your first chance to meet with your surgeon in person. Some practices set patients up with a coordinator or nurse for their first appointment, and they may not realize who they are consulting with. You have a right to talk to your surgeon.

Second, if you meet someone who is only interested in telling you what they think, then you’ll be unlikely to convey your wishes and expectations, and you may end up disappointed. Remember, you’re interviewing them for the role of your surgeon, which means that you’ll need to feel like they’re attentive to you and freely answer your questions.

Your consultation is your first chance to meet with your surgeon in person. Some practices set patients up with a coordinator or nurse for their first appointment, and they may not realize who they are consulting with. You have a right to talk to your surgeon.

Second, if you meet someone who is only interested in telling you what they think, then you’ll be unlikely to convey your wishes and expectations, and you may end up disappointed. Remember, you’re interviewing them for the role of your surgeon, which means that you’ll need to feel like they’re attentive to you and freely answer your questions.

Does your surgeon provide personalized assessment and planning?

Once you’ve asked and have been asked enough questions, you’ll receive a custom-tailored plan that fits you like a glove. The plan should account for your existing anatomy and your wishes, and it should harmonize with your overall appearance. The surgeon may suggest additional work if it enhances your chosen procedure. For instance, patients often present an idea of what they want, but they are unsure of how to get there. A skilled surgeon can let you know if there’s more than one way or if there’s a combination of treatments to create the effect you’re seeking.

8. How is your rapport?

It’s not always easy to connect on a personal and friendly level with a surgeon. You certainly don’t need to have the same personality, sense of humour, or instant kinship, but it’s essential that you perceive genuine caring, honesty, and approachability from your surgeon. Someone can be very good at what they do and not particularly friendly, it’s true, but here’s why you’ll want good rapport with the facial surgeon you choose.

Surgical recovery can be stressful. Physically and mentally. Some people underestimate just how many questions they’ll have, and what they’ll feel in the early days of recovery. It’s also common to leave a consultation and realize that you forgot several things due to nerves. You’ll need an open, comfortable line of communication with your practitioner and their team. You should feel welcomed and respected when you call, write, or visit the office.

You’ll have an ongoing relationship with this surgeon for at least a year as you meet for follow-up assessments and celebrate results down the line. It’s tough to share vulnerable moments with someone you have trouble talking to. We recommend that you verify top-tier experience and skill, then ensure that you feel great on a gut level too.

Dr. Cory Torgerson – Face Surgeon

Dr. Torgerson endeavours to make all his patients feel valued. We know that planning a cosmetic procedure—especially the first—can be nerve-wracking. We know people have many questions that they’re shy to ask. It’s also vital that no one feels pressured to choose a procedure that they don’t need or want. At our clinic, Dr. Torgerson ensures that all surgical consultations are free. The chance for our clients to ask questions openly, be well-informed, and make the best choice without pressure is essential. We welcome you to take the next steps of your journey with us. We’re happy to answer questions and help you realize all the beautiful potential in your facial surgery procedure. Contact us today and let’s get started.

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Dr. Cory Torgerson is one of Canada’s most talented and prominent facial plastic surgeons, focusing on head & neck facial surgery. Dr. Torgerson has been frequently invited to teach and lecture on these topics across North America. He has hospital privileges at Sunnybrook Hospital, one of the premier hospitals in the University of Toronto Health Network.
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