Choosing the Right Surgeon

HOW TO CHOOSE A COSMETIC FACIAL SURGEON

Facial surgery has traditionally been the domain of three specialties: ENT (Ear, Nose, and Throat/ Otolaryngology), Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, and Plastic Surgery. The training for these specialties is extensive, and covers trauma, cancer reconstruction, birth and developmental defects, and aesthetics. Aesthetic facial surgery is an elective extension of facial surgery procedures. Other specialties that perform cosmetic facial procedures include Ophthalmologists, Oculoplastic Surgeons, Dermatologists, and other medical practitioners, and there are excellent and talented surgeons in all these fields.

How does one choose the best surgeon for facial treatment and surgery?

The most important factors to consider are not the surgeon’s specialty nor the surgeon’s degrees, but rather the surgeon’s outcome and the treatment experience.

Below are some important questions to ask in your search for a cosmetic facial surgeon.

HOW MUCH COSMETIC SURGERY DOES YOUR DOCTOR PERFORM AS A PART OF HIS OR HER PRACTICE?

Many surgeons perform cosmetic and other surgery, and the breakdown of these treatments varies from physician to physician. A larger part of the surgeon’s practice devoted to cosmetic surgery usually translates into greater experience in this field. Dr. Fishman’s practice is approximately 70% aesthetic (both surgical and non-surgical) and 30% functional and reconstructive. Dr. Fishman believes this breakdown is the best use of her knowledge and skills, with the reconstructive practice making her aesthetic skills better and vice versa.

WHO WILL BE PERFORMING YOUR SURGERY?

Some surgeon utilize fellows, residents, and other trainees in their practice. While teaching is a wonderful way to develop and pass on one’s skills, Dr. Fishman firmly believes in performing 100% of her surgical and injectable treatments herself.

IS YOUR SURGEON PERSONABLE AND CARING AND WILL HE OR SHE LISTEN TO WHAT YOU WANT AND BE THERE FOR YOU THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE SURGICAL EXPERIENCE?

The relationship between patient and surgeon is very important, and open and ongoing communication is a key part of this relationship. Pre-operative and post-operative care are just as important as the events of surgery, and Dr. Fishman is fully committed to her patients’ comfort, safety, great outcomes, and a wonderful treatment experience.

CAN YOU PICK UP THE PHONE AND SPEAK WITH YOUR SURGEON?

This is perhaps one of the most important qualities to find. Aesthetic surgical and non-surgical treatments are a daily affair for the Aviva practice, but may be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for a lot of people. Patients commonly have questions about preparing for surgery and post-surgery symptoms, and often need to get in touch with their surgeon or the surgeon’s staff quickly. Dr. Fishman encourages her patients to call or contact her and her office at any time, and believes in care beyond business hours.

DO YOU HAVE AN OVERALL GOOD FEELING ABOUT THE DOCTOR, HIS OR HER STAFF AND THEIR FACILITY?

This is also very important. The office should be clean and organized, the staff competent and welcoming, and you should feel comfortable with your doctor and her treatment plans. Our practice strives to treat every patient as a family member or a VIP, and your health, safety, and stellar outcomes are our primary goals. You should have a good feeling about the doctor and the team to whom you trust your face.

We invite you to join us at Aviva Plastic Surgery & Aesthetics for a comprehensive evaluation. We look forward to meeting you!