When you begin considering plastic surgery, you will be presented with a number of choices. Among the most important is who you choose to perform your procedure. Your choice of plastic surgeon will play a direct role in how you are treated before and after your treatment. It will also play a role in your safety and comfort during your procedure, and the quality of your final results.
These things make knowing what to look for in a plastic surgeon perhaps the most important part of your decision making process.
Cosmetic Surgeon vs. Plastic Surgeon
A cosmetic surgeon is someone who performs aesthetic procedures. All that is required to become a cosmetic surgeon is a medical degree. A plastic surgeon is someone who has been trained in aesthetic procedures, completed additional schooling and residencies focused exclusively on cosmetic surgery, and met the strict requirements of the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS).
It is important to ensure your plastic surgeon is board-certified by the ABPS to help protect your safety and maximize the likelihood of an excellent result.
Your plastic surgeon should have hospital privileges or maintain his own accredited surgical facility. This helps ensure trained and experienced medical staff are on hand to assist your surgeon during your procedure and acts as one more safeguard against potential risks and complications.
In-office nonsurgical treatments are typically okay. However, if your potential surgeon does not perform complex surgeries in a safe and sanitary facility, you risk infection and other serious complications.
Dr. Richard Kofkoff
St. Louis plastic surgeon Dr. Richard Kofkoff is board-certified by the ABPS. He is also a member of numerous regional and national medical and plastic surgery organizations. Dr. Kofkoff maintains his own accredited out-patient surgical facility, but may choose to perform more complex procedures in an area hospital with which he is affiliated.
While his credentials and experience are solid, it is Dr. Kofkoff’s dedication to our patients that truly sets him apart. He welcomes an opportunity to meet with you to discuss your needs and learn how we can help you reach your aesthetic goals.
To schedule your initial consultation with board-certified St. Louis plastic surgeon Dr. Richard Kofkoff, please contact us online or call (800) 924-9482 today.