Bloomfield Hills, MI – As we witness the dawning of 2017, many men and women are looking to turn back the clock with one or more cosmetic and plastic surgery procedures.
Patients have many choices these days when it comes to looking younger. Procedures like the tummy tuck, eyelid surgery, and mommy makeovers have grown in popularity in recent years, and the trend only seems to be increasing.
As more people opt for cosmetic and plastic surgery, competition has become fierce. That is when it becomes a buyer beware market. According to top Michigan plastic surgeon Dr. M. Azhar Ali, many patients try to save money by going to a professional who charges less, and that’s when dangers abound.
“Cosmetic and plastic surgery treatments are not something you want to base on price,” Dr. Ali says. “A doctor may fall within your budget, but do you really want to trust your face and/or body to a professional who charges rock bottom pricing?”
Dr. Ali notes that some doctors will drop fees for services they don’t specialize in, and that’s when patients can really get into trouble.
Scarring, disfigurement, and even death can result when doctors perform treatments they are not qualified to offer.
Instead, Dr. Ali says that you should base your decision of plastic surgeon on the level of training and experience, as well as the doctor’s reputation.
Dr. Ali, for example, enjoys a 99% patient approval rating at Amae Plastic Surgery Center in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, also serving Rochester Hills and Clarkston. He hopes that anyone considering cosmetic surgery or plastic surgery will take the time to conduct the proper research.
Here are the factors Dr. Ali says can help patients everywhere avoid bad plastic surgery at all costs.
How to Choose a Qualified Plastic Surgeon
Plastic Surgeon vs. Cosmetic Surgeon: Any doctor can take a weekend course and call themselves a cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Ali says. With many doctors receiving lower insurance reimbursements than they used to, some are turning to cosmetic surgery to make up costs.
Instead, Dr. Ali advises patients to seek out a plastic surgeon, who can offer both cosmetic and plastic surgery treatments.
A plastic surgeon has not only been through medical school but also several years of plastic surgery training after gaining their MD.
Plastic surgeons must also operate in accredited facilities that follow all local and federal laws related to safety and patient satisfaction.
Certification: When you visit a doctor for a consultation, look at the diplomas decorating the wall, advises Dr. Ali. All those certifications may look impressive, but only qualified plastic surgeons will be board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Another organization of note includes the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
Before considering one or more cosmetic or plastic surgery procedures, visit the Board of Medical Specialties that allows you to insert the name of your doctor and location to determine if he or she is, in fact, board-certified.
Recommendations: The best way to find a doctor who offers excellent work is to find a previous and satisfied patient. Your sister-in-law, cousin, or your friend who you recently reconnected with on Facebook, if they mention having work done and you like what you see, find out who their doctor is. Dr. Ali says that you will still want to do your homework on that doctor, but at least a friend, family member or acquaintance can point you in the right direction as far as finding a doctor is concerned.
Ask Plenty of Questions: When you do find a doctor, most will have you set up an appointment for an initial consultation. Dr. Ali suggests that you use this time to ask the doctor about his or her training, qualifications, and patient history.
Ask for Before and Afters: While you’re at it, Dr. Ali says that you should ask to see before and after photos relating to the proposed treatment. The more photos you can look at, the better. Photos can be doctored, however, so don’t solely rely on photo evidence when choosing a cosmetic and/or plastic surgeon.
Dr. Ali has performed thousands of cosmetic and plastic surgery procedures at his Bloomfield Hills plastic surgery center. He says that he likes to see patients come in prepared. It shows they’ve done their homework, and that only a qualified plastic surgeon will do for the procedure(s) they have in mind.
To learn more about plastic surgery from Michigan’s premier plastic surgeon or to schedule a consultation, call Amae Plastic Surgery Center today.
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