By Dr. Glenn M. Davis

Summary: Deciding to move forward with any cosmetic surgery procedure isn’t always easy. There are a number of different factors at play: wondering how the end result will look, deciding which doctor to choose and debating over costs. With so many elements to think about, it’s no wonder that many men and women may jump at any option that seems like it could help to simplify things. Yet, cutting corners in any aspect of cosmetic surgery is a bad idea, for five very important reasons.


1. Patient Safety Always Comes First

Unequivocally, patient safety should always be kept as the top priority during cosmetic surgery. You should never have any doubts that your procedure, no matter how major or minor, is being performed with anything less than the utmost care and precaution.

2. Certifications and Training Make a Difference

Your surgeon’s certifications and training should be another high priority item:

  • Learn the difference between board-certified plastic surgeons and cosmetic surgeons.
  • Research the requirements necessary to achieve board certification in plastic surgery.
  • Look for memberships in medical societies such as the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS).

Your final results are directly related to your surgeon’s skill level, personal technique and medical knowledge, so take the time to find the best.

3. Choice of Surgeon Matters

There are a number of excellent surgeons out there, and it is well worth the time to schedule several consultations so you can get a better feel for your options and gauge the level of rapport you have with each surgeon. As mentioned, technical skill is obviously a critical consideration, but there’s more than that to being a good surgeon. The best plastic surgeons provide emotional support from consultation through recovery, in addition to technically superior surgery. They should be happy to answer any questions you may have, and never make you feel like just another slot on the patient roster. You know that you deserve the best; find a plastic surgeon who believes that too.

4. Only Get Surgery for the Right Reasons

The decision to move forward with cosmetic surgery is a big one, even for procedures that may seem relatively minor. As such, it shouldn’t be taken lightly. It’s vital that you are sure you’re making this commitment for the right reasons. That is, you should pursue cosmetic surgery for you, and not because of the opinions of friends and family, pressure at work, or to keep a romantic partner happy.

5. Cheaper Is Not Better

We all want to save money. That’s reasonable. What’s not reasonable is potentially compromising your health and happiness to save a few hundred dollars. If one practice offers you a much lower price than the others you visit, ask yourself why that might be. Plastic surgery costs take into account a number of factors: surgeon’s fee, anesthesiologist’s fee, and the fee for the surgical facility itself among other things. The only way to dramatically lower the bill is to cut back one of those big-ticket items, which may mean that the surgeon is inexperienced, a board-certified anesthesiologist will not be used, or the surgical facility is not first rate.

The bottom line lesson is this: you only have one face and one body. It’s just not worth it to cut any corners in cosmetic surgery.