Each year approximately 17 million plastic surgeries are performed in the United States, costing an estimated 16 billion dollars. Some plastic surgeries are done as a result of accidents, cancer, or other medical conditions where reconstructive surgery is necessary for a better quality of life. Other plastic surgeries are performed so the patient can achieve a more aesthetically pleasing look that will boost their self-esteem and give them the confidence they need to tackle life. Regardless of the reason for the plastic surgery, choosing the right surgeon is an incredibly important task and requires some thoughtful research. Here are several things to consider when looking for the best plastic surgeon for your needs.
A critical first step in choosing a plastic surgeon is to check their credentials. Patients can search online to ensure that their plastic surgeon is board-certified by one of the 2 certifying boards, The American Osteopathic Association or American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Check the websites of each surgeon to see what their areas of expertise are so that they will be the best fit for your needs. For example, if you are looking for breast reconstruction, you will want to look for a surgeon who has expertise and experience in that type of surgery and is board-certified in plastic and reconstructive surgery.
You should view their online photo gallery to see before and after photos of actual patients who received their care. Additionally, most doctors provide biographies on their websites where patients can discover additional years of supervised study, research in which they have been involved, and other specialties, awards, and honors. Once you have selected a doctor or practice, reading online patient reviews and testimonials can also give valuable insight.
Knowing from the outset that you will have surgery, it is important to know the hospital or surgical center with which your plastic surgeon is affiliated. You will want to check the accreditation of the hospital as on a practical level, you will want to be sure that the hospital accepts your insurance or what options are available for self-payment and is in a location that is convenient for you and your family.
Schedule a Consultation
Once you have narrowed your search for a plastic surgeon, it is important to schedule a consultation. The information you gather during this in-person visit is crucial in helping you make your decision.
When you arrive for your appointment be sure to observe everything beginning with how the staff treats you and other patients as you arrive. When the doctor arrives in your examination room, pay attention to his or her communication skills.
- You want a doctor who will listen well and respond thoroughly to your questions.
- He or she should take their time and not just rush through your visit.
- The surgeon should suggest a treatment plan that they feel will best address your issues, without making you feel pressured to make a split-second decision.
Once you feel comfortable that the plastic surgeon is one you like and trust, be sure to follow all treatment plans and pre/post-surgical instructions for the best results.
Meet Dr. Jamie Moenster
Now that you’re armed with what you need to know to make a great choice, we would like to recommend Dr. Jamie Moenster of Dermatology and Plastic Surgery of Arizona.
Dr. Moenster is double Board-Certified in Plastic and Reconstructive and General Surgery by the American Osteopathic Association and the American Osteopathic Board of Surgeons. She has expertise in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the face, breast, and body. Dr. Moenster is recognized at the state and national levels for her research in breast reconstruction and lectures on various cosmetic topics nationally.
She is a graduate of Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed a five-year residency as a general surgeon and a two-year fellowship in plastic and reconstructive surgery. You will undoubtedly be under the care of the finest plastic surgeon with Dr. Moenster. You can read more about Dr. Moenster in her biography on her website.
In addition to these types of surgery, Dr. Moenster also has expertise in providing patients with fillers, Botox, laser procedures, peels, and sclerotherapy.
Take the Next Step
Are you ready to explore the possibility of having your life-changing surgery? You can schedule a consultation with Dr. Moenster by calling her Tucson office at 520-207-3100 or her Sierra Vista location at 520-458-1787. You may also schedule an appointment by completing the form on this page. Her offices are conveniently located at 698 East Wetmore, Suite #310 in Tucson, Arizona and 150 South Coronado Drive Suite #110 in Sierra Vista, Arizona.