The importance of finding a good plastic surgeon cannot be understated. News of botched up jobs by plastic surgeons and near deaths have also accompanied celebrity endorsements of plastic surgeons and their clinics. The networks have recently been rocked by gruesome details of unsuccessful cosmetic surgical procedures which wound up badly for the patient. You would not want to get the exact opposite of what you expected.
Your criterion for finding a good plastic surgeon will be based on whether it is a reconstructive or aesthetic surgery, or both. A safe approach to finding a good surgeon would first be to verify your referral with the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC), the Philippine Medical Association (PMA) and the Philippine Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons, Inc. (PAPRAS) at their websites at the following:
The websites are equipped with search engines for finding a member doctor’s name. You may also e-mail them at their contact addresses for your queries. Your guide to rating the doctor will be his credentials, which should include board certification certifying that he is a plastic surgeon. His hospital affiliation and rapport with other doctors and patients should also be determined. Cosmetic surgery being a special field of medicine, requires the completion of two years in this field of specialization on top of three years of general practice. His hospital affiliation is important because cosmetic surgery requires specialized equipment. A doctor’s affiliation with a prestigious hospital or clinic known not only for its modern equipment but for research and development, as well, in this special field, would certainly add to his credentials. Medical journals, both offline and online would be a great help to patients who are scouting for the right doctor and hospital or clinic.
Good plastic surgeons also advertise with credible advertising agencies or media. Credentials are best enhanced by testimonies of successful operations and endorsements by celebrities. Your doctor’s reputation is also important. You might also want to search your doctor’s name in any of search engines in the internet for anything irregular. Some doctors associated with a known celebrity cosmetic surgeon, for example, have been recently dragged to court for unprofessional conduct involving their patients. Patients have a right to keep their medical records private. Most non-celebrity patients prefer to be discreet and keep the procedure a secret. Furthermore, unless you are a celebrity, it is deemed to be prudent to prefer a plastic surgeon who is known to be discreet.