If you are considering plastic surgery in Orange County, many plastic surgeons use the consultation process to provide patients with information about the procedures they are considering. It is also an opportunity to get to know your prospective plastic surgeon in person. Be prepared to accomplish 2 important tasks:
- Determine if the physician engages with you to establish open, honest lines of communication and
- Get answers to all your questions in a relaxed, unhurried process
When you’re considering plastic surgeons in Orange County, be sure to meet with Dr. Andrew Smith. You’ll come away knowing your time has been well spent. What’s more, when you register online, you’re eligible for a FREE surgical consultation.
10 Things to Ask During Your Consultation
Women and men considering plastic surgery will find that making a meaningful connection with a prospective plastic surgeon is essential for a rewarding surgical experience. To make it easier to ensure you get all your questions answered, Dr. Smith has developed this checklist you can use. Ask the doctor these important questions:
Where did you receive your medical training?
Once you find out which medical school your physician attended and where they performed their internship and residency, it’s easy to look up the programs online.
Did you receive any honors or awards during your training?
Dr. Smith was invited to join the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society, for example, an accomplishment reserved for top students who demonstrate excellence in their studies, leadership qualities and high ethical standards.
Did you train specifically in plastic surgery?
It may surprise you to know that no special training is required for a doctor to perform cosmetic surgery in California. In fact, it’s not unusual for gynecologists and dermatologists to offer breast augmentation, liposuction and more. Be sure you’re considering only trained plastic surgeons.
Are you certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery?
The American Board of Plastic Surgery is the only organization authorized by the American Board of Surgery to certify plastic surgeons “from head to toe.” You must have a degree from an accredited medical school, at least 5 years of internship and residency and 2 years of successful practice to qualify for the extensive testing process.
Are you a member of any other medical organizations?
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), to which Dr. Smith belongs, is an especially prestigious organization for surgeons. The ASPS accepts only ABPS certified plastic surgeons as members. Dr. Smith is also a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS), which means he is a certified specialist in his surgical field, he dedicates time to advancing his skills and those of other plastic surgeons and he holds himself to the highest ethical standards.
How do you stay current in your field?
Being an active member of several medical organizations, such as the ASPS, the American College of Surgeons and the California Society of Plastic Surgeons, is one way for plastic surgeons to stay current. Most of these groups require their members to focus on continuing education.
Do you have patient photos you can share with me?
Any plastic surgeon you’re considering should have numerous before and after photos for you to examine. You can see some of Dr. Smith’s results online, and he’ll have many more photos to show you during your consultation.
Do you have patients I could contact?
Each plastic surgeon you consider should be ready to put you in contact with satisfied patients you can call. Dr. Smith will be more than happy to give you a list at your request.
Do you have privileges at local hospitals?
Even if you’ll be having surgery at an outpatient center, it’s vital to know that your physician can also practice at a nearby hospital. This will indicate that not only is your health protected but that your surgeon’s credentials are acceptable to the hospital as well.
Do you offer financing options?
Plastic surgery is an investment, and not everyone can pay for it all at once. For your convenience, your plastic surgeon should offer a variety of payment options.
Learn more about Dr. Andrew Smith, then request your FREE surgical consultation today. Or plan a visit to our office next to Hoag Hospital in Irvine, or at 341 Magnolia Avenue in Corona (call 949.653.7000 to reach either location).