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Guidelines For Getting The Best Plastic Surgery Results


Plastic surgery is performed to change the appearance of a persons face or body. While it is popular all over the world, glamour hotspots in sunny California and tropical Florida are drawing people in droves. This has attracted some excellent plastic and cosmetic surgeons in places like Naples, Florida.

While plastic surgery is a great way to improve your appearance, the following guidelines may help you to choose wisely and make an informed decision.

Proper Credentials:

It is important that the plastic or cosmetic surgeons, whether in Naples, Florida or at any place in United States, are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). This particular certification insures that the member cosmetic surgeon has undergone at least five years of surgical training, including two years of training specific to plastic surgery.

The surgeon should also be a member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). This membership requires that the surgeon has extensive cosmetic surgical experience and has met ASAPS requirements for continuing cosmetic surgery education.

Hospital privileges:

Though cosmetic plastic surgery is often performed outside the hospital in an office-based surgical facility, patients should make certain that their cosmetic surgeon also has hospital privileges and can perform cosmetic procedures in an acute care hospital.

Facilities:

Before choose a plastic surgeon, determine that the surgeon's operating facilities have been accredited by a nationally or state-recognized accrediting agency and/or is state licensed. This is important as published data show that accredited office based facilities have a safety record comparable to that of hospital ambulatory surgery settings.

Health:

Regardless of your choice of plastic surgery procedure --face lift, body contouring, breast reduction, breast augmentation, etc. and wherever it is to be performed (Florida or any other part of the world), it is essential that you are in good physical health. Be sure to disclose your complete health history including prescription and recreational drugs that you use. The medical history should also include details such as oral contraceptive use, estrogen replacement and over-the-counter products like vitamins, herbal medications and other supplements. These can potentially interfere with blood clotting or interact with medications used during surgery which might increase surgical risk.

Patient education:

Before surgery, patients should be educated about all aspects of their planned surgery, including what to expect during the procedure, pain management, post operative care, expected healing time and when they may resume their normal activities. They should also be advised if medications should be discontinued and if they should stop smoking.

Risks:

Usually cosmetic surgery is extremely safe when performed by surgeons certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. However, even with the highest level of care, every surgery carries risks which should be discussed thoroughly with the plastic surgeon prior to the procedure.

Postoperative monitoring and home care: