5 Tips for Choosing a Plastic Surgeon
Choosing the Surgeon That is Right for YOU
1. Is the surgeon Board Certified?
You can easily check to see if a surgeon is Board Certified by visiting the American Board of Medical Specialities website. You can also check the American Board of Plastic Surgery or the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. ASPS only recognizes Board Certified or Board Eligible plastic surgeons.
2. Advanced training and experience?
Very often patients will ask if Dr. Anton has a specialty. Dr. Anton did complete two Fellowships before beginning his practice in 1997.
A Fellowship is a period of training that a physician may undertake after completing residency. Fellowships are not mandatory for meeting the requirements of Board Certification. After four years of medical school and five years of residency, not all plastic surgeons opt for additional Fellowship training, but they do offer specialized training and additional experience that can set them apart from their peers. Dr. Anton completed a competitive six month Breast Fellowship with Dr. Carl Hartrampf and associates in Atlanta, GA followed by a 6 month Facial Fellowship with Dr. William Magee and Dr. Jonathon Jacobs in Norfolk, VA and associates.
3. Is the facility accredited?
Most plastic surgery procedures are done in an outpatient surgical facility. That OR can be onsite in the doctor’s office or offsite at a separate facility. Either way, there are accreditations that insure the standardization and safety of the facility.
4. Are Before and After Photos doctored?
In the age of Photoshop, we’ve grown accustomed to perfection. While it might be okay to doctor a selfie now and again, it is not okay to photoshop the surgical results in Before and After photos. These are meant to serve as an accurate depiction of the surgeon’s actual results. You also might want to check to be sure the photos you are viewing are actually ones of the doctor’s work.