Plastic Surgery Q&A: How do I go about choosing a plastic surgeon?

Shopping for Plastic Surgery can be a tricky business. Without the ability to see the product before making a decision, how do you make the right choice? The answer is to buy into the surgeon's integrity, high standards, and rapport with you, his or her prospective patient.

Surgeons certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) have excelled in the most rigorous and demanding training and examination process that exists for Plastic Surgeons in the United States. In fact, the ABPS is the only board that recognizes plastic surgeons in this country. Certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery matters and it's one of the first things you should ask about. Watch out for doctors without an M.D. after their name, or those that say they are certified in "cosmetic surgery"  as that's not even one of the specialties covered by the American Board of Medical Specialties.

Beyond certification, look at the photos of the surgeon's work and decide if you'd be happy with the outcome, if the person in the "before" photo was you.

When it comes to price, there are a few things to consider. Make sure you're making an "apples to apples" comparison. For instance, a price quote for liposuction from one doctor may not be the same as from another, because the cost is highly dependent on the exact areas to be liposuctioned. Second, as we referred to above, you can only compare doctors that are both board-certified by the ABPS, you can go to the ABPS website (abplsurg.org) to verify board-certification.

At the Kryger Institute, we never want to lose a patient over price. In fact, we believe that our prices are reasonable and often below the average in our community. In many cases, we will price-match as long as the price we are matching is comparing the same procedures and is from a reputable, ABPS board-certified plastic surgeon.

Gil & Zol Kryger are board-certified plastic surgeons, and founders of theKryger Institute of Plastic Surgery in Thousand Oaks, California offering a full range of both cosmetic and reconstructive procedures.

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Gil & Zol Kryger are board-certified plastic surgeons, and founders of the Kryger Institute of Plastic Surgery in Thousand Oaks, California offering a full range of both cosmetic and reconstructive procedures. 


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