When you’re ready to improve your appearance with a breast augmentation, tummy tuck, or liposuction, it’s important to choose the right plastic surgeon. During your plastic surgery consultation, ask the doctor about his or her credentials and professional recognitions. Discuss the surgeon’s track record with the particular surgery you are interested in. And remember to ask plenty of questions about what you can expect from your face lift or other plastic surgery.

Credentials

Before having liposuction or another procedure, ask the plastic surgeon about his or her medical training. Plastic surgeons must undergo extensive education and training, including medical school, a residency, an internship, and a fellowship. By choosing a plastic surgeon who is board certified through the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS), you can rest assured that he or she has the training necessary to safely and effectively perform surgeries. The ABPS requires plastic surgeons to have a minimum of five years of residency training, which involves all types of surgeries, in addition to a minimum of two years of training focused exclusively on plastic surgery.

Experience

Talk to the plastic surgeon about his or her experience with the particular type of surgery you’re interested in. You may wish to ask how often patients visit that clinic for that specific procedure. Ask whether the plastic surgeon has any additional experience, such as via hospital appointments.

Professional Recognitions

Another way to choose a great plastic surgeon is to find one with numerous professional recognitions. Professional recognitions such as awards and honors inform you that your surgeon has been honored by colleagues and authoritative organizations for outstanding work in the field.

Advancement Initiatives

The best plastic surgeons are those that not only have extensive credentials and experience, but are also committed to furthering the field of plastic surgery. Ask your surgeon whether he or she has published in any medical journals.

Board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Stephen Ronan of Blackhawk Plastic Surgery has extensive experience in performing many different plastic surgeries, including rhinoplasty, liposuction, face lifts, breast augmentation, and more. He is a board-certified plastic surgeon widely recognized as a leader in his field, and has been published in numerous medical journals. If you have any questions about Dr. Ronan or our plastic surgery procedures, call (925) 272-2464 to schedule a personalized consultation.