Remember that really bad haircut that took you forever to grow out? Sure you saved some money not going to that professional salon, but then again, you had to wear a hat for 6 months for fear people would think you had a cockatoo on your head! We’ve all been there, and usually it’s because we didn’t do our research, didn’t get referrals, didn’t think it would make that big of a difference. If you’re entrusting someone with altering how you look, it’s important to do the groundwork so you are happy with your decision. Choosing a plastic surgeon is a prime example.

If you’ve made the choice to get plastic surgery, it is crucial that you take the time to find the right doctor to perform the procedure. Here’s a checklist to go by when looking for the right plastic surgeon for you:

  • Board-certified
  • Member of American Osteopathic Board of Surgery, or other reputable organization
  • Years of experience
  • Areas of expertise that match up with your preferred procedure
  • Willingness to share before and after pictures, as well as discuss risks
  • Personable and caring—you want to feel comfortable, at ease, and most importantly heard and understood.

It’s also a good idea to seek out recommendations from people who are happy with their experience and results. If you don’t check off everything on this list, keep looking. You do not want to have any regrets.

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