Remember the old Head & Shoulders shampoo commercial that forewarned, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression”? Well, let me tell you, as a plastic surgeon I’ve adopted that slogan and live by it. As far as I’m concerned why would any patient give a plastic surgeon a second opportunity to cut on their face (or any other body part) if they botched it the first time!??
Unfortunately, not all surgeons live according to that guiding principle. How do I know? Because more than 50% of my business is repairing/correcting botched procedures.
When I’m sitting with a patient coming for a corrective procedure, my only thought is, “Why didn’t they do more research and meet with more surgeons before they dove in?”
The point of this is to encourage prospective plastic surgery patients to ramp up their due diligence when looking for a surgeon. Many people don’t want to take the time to meet and consult with several surgeons. This can be a time-consuming process and most people are busy. However, in the long run it’s worth it.
What most people tell me about how they selected their surgeon is based on someone they know who had some work done. It wasn’t necessarily the same procedure they were looking for. But, they schedule a consultation with that one surgeon and if there are no obvious glaring problems they just go with that one.
Plastic surgery is an art form. There are subtleties that can make all the difference in the end result of facial surgery. Many plastic surgeons have a particular specialty, but many think they can do it all.
Please, if you are considering a first-time procedure, interview more than one surgeon. Take your time. Make sure you are working with a Board-Certified surgeon in the particular procedure you want. And remember, a do-over is going to cost you twice as much.