The choice of plastic surgeon is a decision that will impact a patient’s life for many years to come, if not their entire lifetime. A successful surgical procedure can make a positive contribution to the patient’s life.
Conversely, an inexperienced and less qualified plastic surgeon can increase the possibility of poor outcomes. This may mean additional time, expense, and heartache for the patient.
The Virginia Institute of Plastic Surgery (VIPS), led by board certified plastic surgeons Dr. Burton M. Sundin and Dr. Reps B. Sundin, provides aesthetic procedures for the breast, body and face to patients in Northern Virginia, Washington DC, Vienna, McLean, Loudoun, Ashburn, Tysons Corner, Reston, Arlington, Chevy Chase, Richmond, Fredericksburg, and surrounding locations.
Why Select an ABPS Board Certified Plastic Surgeon?
Patients should ideally choose an ABPS (American Board of Plastic Surgery) certified surgeon for their procedure. Many times, people have a misconception that state medical boards offer an accurate indication of the surgeon’s skill and training in undertaking the procedures that they promote.
But the truth is that the government does not require surgeons to be trained in the particular surgical procedures that they offer to their patients. Therefore, it is a good idea for the patient to choose an ABPS certified surgeon for their plastic surgery procedure.
The ABPS requires a doctor to acquire a minimum number of years of surgical training following medical school. In addition, they must receive plastic residency training for at least three years as well as pass a written and oral exam.
The surgeon will also need to provide documentation on cases that they undertake after finishing their training. Furthermore, the board requires doctors to take renewal exams every ten years in order to remain certified.
Identify a surgeon whose aesthetic sense appeals to you
Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder, and what is aesthetic for one person may not be appealing to another. Therefore, patients should not rely solely on recommendations or the plastic surgeon’s experience. They must review the results for each surgeon that they interview, and assess how these relate to their own aesthetic sensibilities.
To understand a plastic surgeon’s aesthetic sensibilities, the patient should review the before and after images of the procedure that they are considering. They should evaluate whether the outcomes appeal to them.
The patient should pay careful attention to previous patients who appear similar to them:
- Facial procedures: Evaluate patients who have a similar facial structure and belong to the same age group.
- Breast procedures: Assess patients who have a similar breast shape and torso.
- Body procedures: Review images of patients with similar body shape.
The patient should determine the consistency level in the surgeon’s results for all the previous patients who have undergone the procedure that they are considering, and assess whether they find the results appealing.
Pay attention to how the surgeon and staff make the patient feel
The patient should be completely comfortable with the plastic surgeon and their support team. They should work with a cosmetic surgeon who they like and trust entirely with their safety and outcomes.
Questions to Ask
Some questions that the patient can ask themselves while identifying an appropriate plastic surgeon are:
- Do I enjoy spending time with this surgeon?
- Do have I believe that this surgeon will recommend safe and suitable procedures to me?
- Is the surgeon approachable? Am I comfortable enough to ask them any questions I may have throughout the surgical process?
- Am I comfortable revealing my entire health history and lifestyle behaviors to this surgeon?
The plastic surgeons at VIPS receive patients from Northern Virginia, Washington DC, Vienna, McLean, Loudoun, Ashburn, Tysons Corner, Reston, Arlington, Chevy Chase, Richmond, Fredericksburg, and nearby areas for various cosmetic procedures.
For more information on the surgical and non-surgical procedures and treatments by Board Certified Cosmetic Plastic Surgeons Dr. Reps Sundin and Dr. Burton Sundin at the Virginia Institute of Plastic Surgery and M Body Contouring and Laser Centerplease visit:
Serving Northern Virginia, Washington DC, Vienna, McLean, Fairfax, Loudoun County, Ashburn, Tysons Corner, Reston, Arlington, Fredricksburg, Chevy Chase, Potomac, Maryland Richmond, VA and surrounding communities.