One of the most important decisions you’ll make about your plastic surgery procedure is which plastic surgeon to choose. After all, cosmetic surgery is still surgery, so you want to make sure you pick someone with experience, ample training and excellent references.
If you’re not quite sure how to pick a plastic surgeon for body contouring or other procedures, start with these three big red flags to stay far, far away from.
Mistake #1: Not Checking for Board Certification
The first credential you should check for when picking a plastic surgeon is board certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Board-certified plastic surgeons have completed rigorous medical schooling and residency programs designed to equip surgeons with an extensive knowledge of a wide range of procedures, as well as important safety and ethical concerns in cosmetic surgery.
Mistake #2: Falling for “Too Good to Be True” Bargains
Another all too common pitfall when choosing a body contouring plastic surgeon is “shopping around” for the best price. As the saying goes, you get what you pay for. And when it comes to a surgical procedure—cosmetic or not—you don’t want to skimp on price or quality.
Many plastic surgeons offer financing solutions to help make your procedure as affordable as possible.
Mistake #3: Feeling Pressured
This is your body we’re talking about here, not a latte at the coffee shop. So you should never feel like your plastic surgeon is trying to “upsell” you on additional procedures you don’t want or need. If you feel pressured in any way, that plastic surgeon isn’t the right pick for you.