Finding a doctor you can trust

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Registered: 01-25-2013
Finding a doctor you can trust
Wed, 02-20-2013 - 10:03am

How do you find a doctor you can trust? Maybe I watch too much tv but I've heard some real horror stories when it comes to breast surgery. And almost all the nightmares were done by so called highly recommended surgeons. So how do you know if you've found a kook with a fake license or a reputable surgeon?

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Registered: 01-16-2013
Sun, 02-24-2013 - 8:03pm

I have been wondering the same thing and friend of mine suggested I start with my primary care physician, get recommendations and go from there. I have a few names and also some from my insurance provider now to do some research on. I'm not really sure how to go about researching but it does help to know  a doctor I know recommends someone.

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Registered: 03-28-2013
Thu, 03-28-2013 - 6:59pm

This is an excellent question and one that has been a hot topic lately. Tara Reid, for example, just admitted in an interview that she just assumed her surgeon was good because he was from Beverly Hills. An important thing to remember is that anyone can call themselves a cosmetic surgeon, but it takes additional training and testing in order to become a board-certified plastic surgeon. In order to find out if your surgeon is board-certified, you can check the American Society of Plastic Surgeons website ( Only board-certified plastic surgeons can become members. Additionally, I would recommend checking out local reviews, each surgeon's before and after pictures, and make an educated decision. It's probably also wise to have consultations with multiple doctors. I hope this helps!

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Registered: 09-23-2013
Mon, 09-23-2013 - 3:12pm

Hi there,

I just read an article about the importance of real patient stories that I think you may find helpful. It was nice to read some in-depth stories about people who have had plastic surgery for a multitude of reasons. Like the article states, real stories don't take the place of qualifications, training, and experience, but it definitely helps in a world where everyone is an expert!! Make sure to do your research and don't be afraid to ask a bunch of questions such as...

1. Is the doctor board certified?
2. Are they a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons? 
3. Does the doctor have admitting and plastic surgery hospital privileges? 
4. Does the doctor use a board-certified anesthesiologist? 

5. Does the doctor have specific consents for photographs? 
6. Does the doctor have any disciplinary or malpractice lawsuits? 
7. Does the doctor have before and after photos?

Hope this helps!! Good luck.