Evaluating Your Plastic Surgeon – A Checklist
By: Randall Weil, M.D.
1) Is the doctor you’re considering a board certified plastic surgeon (certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery)?
Many doctors with experience in other fields such as dermatology and otolaryngology (neck and throat specialists) perform certain surgical operations that are also performed by plastic surgeons. They may have skill in the procedures they are performing but they have not gone through the rigorous surgical training that a plastic surgeon goes through.
Dr. Weil is not only certified as a plastic surgeon by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, but he is also a board certified general surgeon with 20 years of successful surgical experience.
The American Board of Medical Specialists is a national medical agency that oversees specialty boards. Only 24 out of 100 submissions (by medical boards) met their demanding educational and testing criteria. The American Board of Plastic Surgery is one of those. This board is the board that traditionally oversees certification and training of plastic surgeons.
You can call the ABMS to find out if your surgeon is certified at (866) 275-2267, or visit their Who’s Certified search verification page.
2) Does the doctor you’re considering have demonstrated skill and an excellent sense of aesthetics?
As you will see when looking at our cosmetic surgery before and after photos on the Web site and in the office, Dr. Weil has an extraordinary ability to create exceptional, natural looking results for his patients.
3) What level of cosmetic and plastic surgery education and training does the doctor have?
Dr. Weil has 18 years of professional education and training.
He originally trained as a general surgeon. That means he spent 4 years as an undergraduate, 4 years to get his M.D. degree, 1 year as a medical intern and 4 years as a surgical resident.
Once he decided to specialize in plastic surgery, he trained for 3 more years in that specialty. After practicing as a plastic surgeon for 7 years, he trained an additional 2 years in orthopedics.
This training gives him a high degree of understanding and skill in his field.
4) How well does the doctor and staff listen to your needs?
Making a decision to have a plastic surgery procedure can be challenging. It is helpful to talk with someone who will not pressure you into an untimely decision, but instead will assist you in thinking about the pros and cons of cosmetic surgery.
When you visit our office for your complementary consultation, you will find our entire staff to be warm, courteous and helpful. Dr. Weil has a receptive interpersonal style and takes the time to listen and get to know. You can fully explain what you want to ensure that you get the best results possible. We strive to offer you an inviting and low-pressure office environment while always being available to answer your questions.
5) Does the doctor carefully consider your individual physical characteristics when suggesting a procedure?
Dr. Weil customizes his approach for each patient. He does not use the same techniques on everyone.
Instead, he considers your individual features and then makes both an aesthetic and professional judgment to ensure the best and most natural results possible for you. Sometimes he will even recommend against your having surgery, if in his judgment you would not be satisfied with the results.
6) Is customer service a top priority for the doctor?
Dr. Weil and staff are dedicated to making sure that your experience a very positive one.
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