Comparing plastic surgery providers is an extremely important part of your preparation process. The experience and credentials of your prospective surgeon is vital to your safety and to the outcome of your procedure. At our St. Louis, Missouri plastic surgery practice, Dr. Richard L. Kofkoff and the rest of our team work hard to provide a non-threatening and respectful environment that makes each of our patients feel safe and secure throughout every phase of their procedure.
Any plastic surgeon you are considering should possess the following credentials:
- Board certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery
- Specialized training in plastic surgery above and beyond standard medical training
- A commitment to continuing education and training in the latest techniques and technologies
In addition, you should choose a plastic surgeon who holds himself and his team to the highest standards of ethics. Also, make sure that your doctor only operates in accredited medical facilities.
Know your Plastic Surgeon
It is important that your plastic surgeon be a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). An even more select group of plastic surgeons, such as Dr. Kofkoff, also belong to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). He should also possess a high level of skill and compassion which allows him to help you to make educated decisions concerning your desired plastic surgery options and elected procedures.
Do not hesitate to ask a lot of questions. A good plastic surgeon is more than happy to answer any questions and alleviate any concerns you may have about him or his experience. At Dr. Kofkoff's practice, we will not rest until we know you are comfortable with us, our practices, and your chosen procedure.
Your potential plastic surgeon's background and qualifications are a strong indication of the level of expertise and care that will be exercised during your procedure. Your plastic surgeon, his team, and the facilities they operate in should all be elements in your final decision.
Do Your Homework
There are many different types of cosmetic surgery procedures available to you. Which procedure or combination of procedures will best suit your needs will depend on your desired outcome and what your plastic surgeon feels is right for you.
Research any procedures you are considering online before scheduling a consultation with a prospective plastic surgeon. Arm yourself with at least a partial knowledge of what is involved in the procedure. This will help you not only understand what the doctor is telling you, it will help to ensure that you can determine if the doctor is keeping your best interests in mind.
Any plastic surgeon you are considering should be willing to explain the details of your elected procedure and answer all questions you have about him and his experience. At Dr. Kofkoff's plastic surgery practice, we do not move forward with any scheduling of procedures until we are sure that you feel comfortable and are prepared for your procedure to take place.