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Choosing the Best Plastic Surgeon – 5 easy tips

How do you pick the best plastic surgeon for you?

Back when I was a kid, you didn’t have to worry about picking the best plastic surgeon, because you didn’t really gave a choice, as we only had one option in a 100 mile radius. Now I live in Cleveland, and last time I checked, there were over 50 plastic surgeons within only 50 miles.  Online reviews and sites like Angie’s List certainly give you some information.  Who your insurance covers will narrow things down as well.

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Below are my top 5 tips for choosing the best plastic surgeon, or really any type of surgeon.  Please notice that price is not anywhere on this list- I’ve found that unless you’re going someone who has really become famous for one particular type of procedure, Plastic Surgeons tend to price themselves pretty similarly within a given market.  And board certification is also not on this list- that is a complicated topic which I plan to write a dedicated post on later. But if you would like to find a board certified plastic surgeon in the meantime, you can search for one at the American Society for Plastic Surgery (ASPS) website.

Five tips to find the best plastic surgeon to fit your needs:

1) Make sure you feel comfortable with the doctor.  Sometimes your personalities don’t jive, or sometimes you just get a bad vibe.  A surgeon is someone you’re entrusting your health, and your physical appearance to, and it’s critical that you feel comfortable sharing your worries and concerns with this person. So a doctor could have fantastic technical skills and get great results, but she won’t be the best plastic surgeon for you if your personalities aren’t a good fit.

2) Ask how hard it is to get in touch with your doctor if you have a concern.  If you’re worried about something in the middle of the night after surgery, who do you call?  And more importantly, who will you end up talking to on the other end of the line?  It’s good to know if the doctor shares the duty of answering midnight calls with other physicians in his or her office, because you may end up talking to someone only vaguely familiar with your history and problems.

3) How often will the surgeon see you after your surgery or procedure, and for how long?  Will the frequency of visits leave you feeling well taken care of?

4) Does your surgeon have experience in the type of procedure you want?  Ask how many he or she has done, and don’t be shy about asking to see pictures.

5) Finally, does your surgeon explain things in a way you can understand?  Medicine can get very technical, and your ability to make good decisions about your health care is completely dependent on how well you understand what’s going on.  Some doctors are great at explaining things, others not so much.  The best plastic surgeon for you will be able to explain any complications or bumps in the road in language you can understand.

Do you have any tips for picking a great doctor?

 

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Disclaimer: This webpage is for general information only. It is not intended to diagnose or treat any medical illness, or give any specific medical advice. Because medical knowlege is constantly evolving, I cannot guarantee the accuracy or timeliness of any information in this blog.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Turkey day is nearly upon us. And like many, I’ve been more reflective this week of the things I’m thankful for. But I have to ask: why do we only focus our energy looking for the positive one day a year? Did you know there are many benefits to being thankful each and every day?

I’ve been reading The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor, a Harvard psychologist who studies happiness. It turns out that happy people are more successful. This is in contrast to the conclusion many of us make, which is that successful people are more happy.

So why does happiness lead to success? People who are happier have an advantage when it comes to assessing new situations. They look for the good, and often see opportunities that are missed by the more pessimistic among us. Our brains get very good at spotting patterns. So if you always look for the worst in every situation, your brain will skip right over a possible advantage. But the good news is happiness can be learned. If you want to teach your brain to find good things, look for good things in your every day life. One recommendation the author makes is to name three things you are happy about (or grateful for) every day, no matter how small. Today I am grateful for:

  1. Coffee with heavy cream.
  2. My kids making each other laugh over breakfast.
  3. Getting to talk with my mom on the phone.

So why wait until Thursday? Start right now and leave me a message in the comments: What are you thankful for?

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Liposuction cost – how much for a flat stomach?

Let’s talk a little bit about liposuction today, specifically liposuction cost. I’ve always loved lipo as a tool to make my patients look great. But now that I’ve experienced it personally, I’m an even bigger fan.

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I had lipo of my stomach, hips, inner thighs and knees about three months ago. I was awake for the entire surgery. And if you’re thinking “say what?!”, let me reassure you I will talk about this experience in detail in a future post. But rest assured, you do not have to go under general anesthesia for liposuction. And the results are amazing! I’ve always had that little bit of pudge over my lower abs, and I am happy to report it is completely gone. No more muffin top, which means I’m rocking the hip-hugger jeans for the first time in my life!

But I digress. I promised to talk to you today about what liposuction costs. I’ve talked a little bit about the cost of cosmetic surgery in previous posts, but lets review what’s involved really quickly so you don’t have to link to another post.

When you are handed a cost sheet at your surgery consultation, it will likely have the following items on it:

  1. The surgical fee. This is just the portion your surgeon charges.
  2. The facility fee. This is the cost for time at the surgery center or hospital where your surgery will be performed.
  3. The anesthesia fee. If you have surgery awake or just under light sedation, then this won’t apply.
  4. Other add-ons. This may include the cost of implants for a breast augmentation, or scar cream for after surgery.

I don’t know about you, but I hate feeling nickel-and-dimed, so I try to keep my liposuction cost sheets pretty all inclusive. This means I include the posteroperative compression garment and the scar cream in the cost, so that you aren’t being asked to pay for add-ons after the fact. The surgical fee, facility fee, and anesthesia fee are all based on the time involved. So for liposuction cost the two variables are patient size (i.e. body mass index, or BMI) and how many areas we’re treating.

  • If your BMI is in the normal range (18.5-25) and we’re treating your stomach and waist, you can expect to pay around $5500. This would obviously be a little less if you didn’t have general anesthesia.
  • If your BMI is higher, say 30-35, then it would be more like $7500 to have your abdomen and waist treated.

Again, these numbers are just generalizations. If you would like a treatment plan personalized to your goals, please call me to schedule a consultation: (440) 974-8577.
You can also check out my website for more liposuction before and after photos.

Talk you to all again soon!

Dr. Greer is a plastic surgeon in Cleveland, Ohio. Her passion is helping moms regain their confidence by getting rid of sagginess, wrinkles, and stubborn fat using surgery, laser, Botox and fillers. Check out her website for more information, or to download a FREE copy of “The Busy Mom’s Guide to Plastic Surgery.

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Why did I become a Plastic Surgeon?

If you ever wanted to know why I went into Plastic Surgery, here is your answer! And you actually get to see what I look like and sound like.

 

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