When seeking a plastic surgeon in the Philadelphia area, patients have no shortage of options. Men and women alike can find themselves with a long list of names, wondering which would be best. Facial cosmetic plastic surgeon Dr. Timothy Greco has advice for anyone in this situation: Do some homework!
Any reasonable choice in plastic surgeon will make plenty of information available to potential patients. Dr. Greco, for instance, keeps his CV, his training and credentials, and his awards and recognitions online, along with a brief bio. Anyone interested in learning more about him can easily do so—and can contact him for further information. Access and openness are key factors to watch for.
Where did the plastic surgeon go to school for a medical degree? Where were internships, residencies, and fellowships performed? What specialties did the doctor focus on?
Any surgeon who may perform work on you should have attended a reputable school for undergraduate and doctorate-level work, followed by a practical education relevant to the specialty. As a facial cosmetic plastic surgeon, Dr. Greco performed a residency in head and neck surgery (otolaryngology) at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and a fellowship in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery at the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
Also, take note of any board certifications. Getting certified is a voluntary process that requires doctors to go above and beyond in their education and demonstrations of knowledge.
A plastic surgeon you may be considering should have, at minimum, proven experience with the procedure you want. In other words, if you are getting a facelift, make sure the doctor is known for being good at facelifts. Research a potential surgeon's background to learn more about real-world experience.
Do not be shy in seeking out before-and-after photos that show what a doctor's work looks like in the real world. Since every patient is different, your plastic surgeon will not be able to duplicate the effects of a procedure from one patient to another, but any such images will give you an idea of what the surgeon you are considering can do.
Is the plastic surgeon you are considering someone who maintains a presence in the field? Do patients give positive reviews? Is the practice active and growing?
Dr. Greco maintains a list of awards and recognitions, as well as testimonials, so patients learning about him can see what others are saying. He has also regularly authored papers, presented research, and provided training for others. As part of the PaletteSM Education Faculty, he instructs nurse injectors, physicians, and others in techniques for obtaining the best results with injectables, such as BOTOX® and JUVÉDERM®. This sort of activity indicates a level of recognized authority, as well as commitment to staying current with the latest aesthetic innovations.
Finally, the plastic surgeon you choose should be one you can build a relationship with. Facial cosmetic plastic surgery is not a "pop in, pop out" type of procedure, but a choice that requires trust and commitment. You want a surgeon who will seek to understand your reasons for wanting surgery and ultimate aesthetic goals, who will tailor the suggested procedures to your unique situation, who will listen to questions and answer them honestly and thoroughly, and who will continue with care long after the surgery itself is over.
Use your consultation time to get the facts you need to make an informed decisions, and develop a rapport with the person who will be guiding you along on your journey of transformation.