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Tips For Choosing A Plastic Surgeon

August 7, 2017  |   Plastic Surgeon

Making the decision to undergo plastic surgery, or deciding on the ideal procedure, is difficult enough, but choosing the right plastic surgeon can be just as daunting. Your choice in plastic surgeon will be a decision that you will likely have to live with for a long period of time. A board-certified plastic surgeon is the difference between a successful procedure with incredible results and a botched procedure that will cost you in more ways than one.

An unqualified or inexperienced surgeon will create a greater risk for a failed procedure. Poor results can amount to wasted time and money, but more importantly can leave you with poor and disappointing physical results. Finding a qualified plastic surgeon is crucial for the success and safety of any plastic surgery procedure.

If you are considering plastic surgery, consider these recommendations for choosing a plastic surgeon before you experience the nightmare of plastic surgery gone badly.


Board certification is likely one of the most significant reference points for selecting a plastic surgeon. It is important to find a surgeon who is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). The ABPS is the only board recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties to certify a plastic surgeon for procedures of the face and body.

Legally, any doctor is allowed to perform any procedure, but a surgeon that has been board certified would have the specialized training and education needed for the intricacies of plastic surgery. A surgeon that has received certification from the ABPS will have completed three to five years of residency training in general surgery in addition to two or three years of concentrated training in plastic surgery. Board-certified plastic surgeons are required to pass difficult cosmetic and reconstructive surgery exams also, participate in continuing education and pass a written test every 10 years to maintain their certification.

You are able to verify a plastic surgeon’s certification status by contacting the American Board of Plastic Surgery or the American Board of Medical Specialties.

Check The Surgeon’s Record 

Through the medical board of your individual state, you are able to verify that your plastic surgeon has been licensed to practice in your state along with obtaining information about any disciplinary actions taken against them. Checking a surgeon’s record can provide you with additional peace of mind.

Experience In Your Desired Procedure 

Even if your surgeon has been certified by the ABPS, you should also inquire about their individual experience in your desired procedure. A plastic surgeon may have extensive experience in breast augmentation, but lack experience in procedures such as rhinoplasty (nose job) or lifts.

Before scheduling a procedure, look into your desired board-certified plastic surgeon’s individual experience in the procedure you want. You may want to ask the length of time he or she has been performing the procedure along with the number of procedures successfully performed.

Ask Your Surgeon Detailed Questions

During a consultation, be sure to ask the plastic surgeon detailed questions about their own experience along with questions about the procedure itself.

Good questions to ask about the surgeon include but are not limited to:

  • Will the surgery be performed in an accredited facility?
  • Does your surgeon have hospital privileges?
  • How many years of experience does your surgeon have?
  • Is your surgeon insured for malpractice?
  • Has your surgeon experienced complications with your particular procedure?
  • What plan does your surgeon have in place in case of emergency?

Good questions to ask about the procedure include but are not limited to:

  • What technique does your surgeon use and why?
  • Will someone else be assisting with the procedure and what training and experience do they have?
  • What are realistic expectations for results?
  • Who administers and monitors sedation?
  • What to expect in preparation for surgery and for recovery?
  • Pre-op and post-op process

By asking your surgeon detailed questions, you will better be able to assess their knowledge and experience while getting insight into how they will act from surgery preparation through to recovery. Having an in-depth conversation with a potential plastic surgeon allows you insight into their demeanor and composure, helping you to determine if he or she will be a good fit.

Dr. Michael Whetstone of Las Colinas Centre for Plastic Surgery in Dallas, TX 

Dr. Michael Whetsone is board-certified through the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Dr. Whetstone successfully completed one the most rigorous general surgery programs in the United States in addition to extensive training in a demanding plastic surgery residency program. He is also a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and the Texas Association of Plastic Surgeons.

With over 20 years of experience, Dr. Whetstone specializes in delivering natural-appearing results with patient safety as his primary concern.“My philosophy is that you should be as pleased with how you are treated as you are with your surgical results. I strongly believe that a well-informed and realistic patient is the best surgical candidate. A harmonious physician/patient relationship – built on honesty and trust – provide the best opportunity for a pleasing and successful outcome.”

To schedule an open and detailed conversation with Dr. Whetstone about his credentials and procedure experience contact Las Colinas Centre for Plastic Surgery today.

Las Colinas Centre For Plastic Surgery
7433 Las Colinas Blvd, Irving, TX
(972) 831-8822