How Do I Choose a Plastic Surgeon?

There’s a lot involved in plastic surgery, no matter if it’s for reconstructive or cosmetic purposes. Surgery is a huge decision that no one should make lightly. One of the biggest decisions a person will make when they decide to have plastic surgery is choosing a surgeon.

Plastic surgeons are everywhere, but they’re not all the same. It’s crucial for patients to do their due diligence before deciding to use a particular surgeon. Investigating and researching upfront will save you a lot of time, money, and headaches later on.

Some of the most important things to look out for when vetting potential plastic surgeons include:

  • Licensure

All physicians are required to attain licensure from the state of Florida to practice their medical specialty in the state. This includes plastic surgeons. Using an unlicensed physician is incredibly dangerous, so always that your potential plastic surgeon is licensed in your state. Dr. John Roach at the Bayside Center for Plastic Surgery has a Florida State Medical License

  • Education

Ask questions about where a potential plastic surgeon studied and completed any residencies or internships. Don’t just take their word for it either…ask to see their actual diplomas or other documentation that verifies their story. If what they show you doesn’t match up to what they’re saying, and they don’t have a good explanation, move on to the next candidate.

Dr. Roach studied at the State University of New York at Oneonta, Barry University, and NOVA Southeastern University, where he was a member of the Sigma Sigma Phi National Honorary Osteopathic Fraternity and received the H. Jeffrey Tourigian D.O. Memorial Scholarship Award. 

  • Experience

If their education checks out, the next topic to focus on is their experience in the field. Luckily, in the field of plastic surgery, a patient’s results are usually verifiable by photo. Ask to see before-and-after photos of the procedures a surgeon has completed. Additionally, ask specifically to see photos of past patients who received the same procedure or surgery you are requesting.

While no two patients will have the exact same end result, these photos will give you a good idea of what the surgeon considers to be acceptable. Ask questions about the photos provided and don’t be afraid to ask to speak with a past patient. Reputable plastic surgeons often have former patients that have no problem singing their praises (and showing you their work!).

Dr. Roach has a complete gallery of before-and-after photos for each procedure, from tummy tucks to liposuction, available online for all to see. You can also view videos or written testimonials on our website.

Dr. Roach in Tampa Bay Checks All the Boxes

Look no further than Dr. John Roach near Tampa Bay for a plastic surgeon that’s licensed, experienced, and highly recommended by patients. He has vast expertise in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, as well as hundreds of satisfied patients (and counting). Call us at 1-813-528-8744 or contact us online to schedule a consultation today.

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