The best and surest way to find a good doctor is by word of mouth. Unfortunately with aesthetic plastic surgery, patients are often reluctant to admit that they have had surgery. Not infrequently, beauticians and hairdressers send us their clients for counseling. Some patients just "stumble" across the sign on the door, even though they are otherwise accustomed to going about such things more systematically. The addresses of specialist societies willing to send their list of members are available from the medical association. Many patients search for the addresses of clinics and surgeons in newspaper adverts. This is also certainly a way of finding good reliable surgeons, but one can also run into some "black sheep" who have followed quite obscure training pathways and only possess a very limited degree of experience and knowledge. One cannot warn too often about such "doctors" because they discredit the entire medical profession by the damage they do.
A pioneer of modern plastic surgery in Germany is the now Emeritus Professor Ursula Schmidt-Tintemann who in 1972 published her groundbreaking book Zur Lage der Plastischen Chirurgie (The state of plastic surgery). Some points taken from it have in no way lost their relevance:
"How should potential patient find out whether he needs specialist treatment from a plastic surgeon or whether it would help him? How should he know whether the doctor of his choice is indeed a trained plastic surgeon? If the potential patient relies purely on advertisements and given the situation of this profession today, then, according to a statement by Gonzales-Ulloa, he is running a fairly high risk that he will find a doctor from whom he cannot necessarily expect the best of treatments.
What is the solution?
As long as legislature fails to help patients to chose doctors by introducing clear nomenclature, then the following advice should be allowed:
1. Get information from your plastic surgeon about his surgical training.
2. Ask the doctor whether he is a member of an accredited specialist organization for plastic surgery. He will not be offended, but will be pleased about your legitimate interest.
3. Stay away from the plastic surgeon who, without even examining you, promises every alteration or improvement you wish. He overestimates either himself or the potentialities of plastic surgery.
4. Do not go to a plastic surgeon who has no time for a preliminary consultation or, after making an appointment by post or telephone, already agrees to operate without even an examination.
5. Mistrust the plastic surgeon who promises you a dramatic and fundamental change to your situation in life, the end of any serious problems, or an exaggerated effect on others as a result of some operation or other.
6. Avoid a plastic surgeon who does not inform you about the risks of the operation, even if they are very minor risks.
Entrust yourself to the good plastic surgeon without reservations. He is neither censor
nor moral theologist. He is concerned about your well-being and for this reason he must learn more about you than just your ordinary findings."
ASK THESE QUESTIONS OPENLY:
As a patient you are entitled to ask the following questions quite openly:
1. How long has the surgeon already been performing this type of operation?
2. How many operations of this nature has the surgeon already performed?
3. Does the surgeon carry out predominantly aesthetic operations or are these only a
4. Are you given the opportunity to talk with patients who have undergone the same operation which is planned for you?
5. Are you given the opportunity to see photos of successful operations? The experienced surgeon will have whole range of them.
As a patient you should preferably first make use of two to three consultations as long as you are not sure of having found a reliable surgeon.
"Specialist for Plastic Surgery" is the seal of approval, as it were, for surgeons performing aesthetic operations. You might be interested in the following associations. You can request a list of members from the:
International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, 1SAPS
US General Secretary: Renato SALTZ, MD
5445 S. Highland Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84117
Fax + 1-801-743-4516 or 1-801-274-9515
American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, ASAPS
36 West 44th Street, Suite 630
New York, NY 10036
Toll-free 1.888.ASAPS.il (272.7711)
German Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
(Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Asthetisch-Plastische Chirurgie) Grundstr. 17 20257 Hamburg Germany
Phone + 49 (0)40 85 37 03 31 Fax + 49 (0)40 85 37 03 32
British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons
The Royal College of Surgeons of England 35-43 Lincoln's Inn Fields London WC2A 3PE UK
Advice Line Phone + 44 (0)20 7405 2234 Fax + 44 (0)20 7242 4922
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