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4 Factors To Consider When Choosing a Plastic Surgeon

Whether you are deciding on cosmetic or reconstructive plastic surgery, there are many choices that you need to make.

The most important are choosing a plastic surgeon who has the appropriate training, skills and experience to carry out the desired procedure.

Not taking the time to make a carefully evaluated, well-researched decision about your plastic surgeon can have many unpleasant consequences such as:

  • Undesirable results
  • A wasted investment
  • Surgical complications

So no matter what cosmetic procedure you are considering, it is important to know that you have a plastic surgeon you can trust and who meets all of your particular needs.

Factors to Consider When Choosing a Plastic Surgeon

Finding a board-certified plastic surgeon who has a lot of experience in the procedure you desire is critical to getting the aesthetic results you want.

Here are some of the factors to consider before making that decision:

  1. Board-Certification

Board-certification is vital. Any plastic surgeon you consider should be a member of the Canadian Society of Plastic Surgery as this guarantees that they have the appropriate training and meet a high level of expertise.

All members meet the following criteria:

  • Completion of a minimum of 5 years of study and training in plastic surgery
  • Passed the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons certification exam
  • Are specifically qualified to practice reconstructive and cosmetic plastic surgery

Because board-certified plastic surgeons are required to continue their education, you can be sure that your doctor is working with the most up-to-date information regarding the procedure you want.

  1. Experience in the procedure you want

Because each area of cosmetic surgery requires different skills, board-certified plastic surgeons can have sub-specialties within the cosmetic field.

Operating on a breast, comprised mostly of soft, glandular tissue is very different from face surgery which involves breathing passages and cartilage.That is why it’s imperative to find a plastic surgeon who has a lot of experience in the specific procedure you want.


  1. How did you train in this specific cosmetic procedure?
  2. How long have you been performing this procedure?
  3. How many times have you performed the procedure?

  1. Operating Facility

Your safety during the plastic surgery is paramount and depends in a large part of the operating facility. Choosing an accredited facility has many benefits including:

  • Qualified, trained and experienced support staff
  • Clean, fully-equipped operating rooms
  • Appropriate equipment and personnel to respond to emergency situations

Our Kelowna hospital is equipped with state-of-the-art operating rooms, highly skilled anesthesiologists and trained registered nurses to ensure your complete safety during the plastic surgery.

  1. Emotional Connection & Trust

Plastic surgery is an intensive procedure and you will be spending a lot of time with your plastic surgeon both before and after the surgery. That’s why it’s very important to find a surgeon and support team who you feel very comfortable with.


  1. Do I like spending time with this surgeon?
  2. Would I feel comfortable asking this plastic surgeon any question that may come up before/after my surgery?
  3. Do I feel comfortable disclosing my medical history and habits to this surgeon?
  4. Can I trust this plastic surgeon to recommend what is safe and right for me?

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To learn more about the plastic surgery procedures we offer at our private hospital, contact our clinic today at 250-868-9799 or toll-free at 877-505-8895.

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