Choosing a Plastic Surgeon
If you’re considering aesthetic plastic surgery such as breast augmentation, liposuction, tummy tuck or a facelift, it pays to be informed and selective when choosing your plastic surgeon. Many physicians call themselves cosmetic surgeons, but not all are specially trained or board-certified in plastic surgery, and some are not surgeons at all.
Choosing the right plastic surgeon is critical to your comfort, safety and long-term satisfaction. Board-certified Charleston, South Carolina, plastic surgeon Dr. William Terranova offers the following recommendations for selecting a plastic surgeon and welcomes you to call The Center for Plastic Surgery at (843) 797-0440 to schedule your personal plastic surgery consultation.
Plastic Surgeon Experience and Board Certification
One of the most important qualifications to look for in your plastic surgeon is board certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS).
ABPS certification ensures your surgeon has graduated from an accredited U.S. medical school (or passed a special certifying exam if a graduate of a foreign medical school) and received extensive surgical training in a program certified by the ABPS prior to passing two rigorous board examinations. In addition to reviewing the education, experience and certification of any prospective plastic surgeon, you should also schedule a one-on-one consultation to learn about that surgeon’s approaches and to gauge your comfort level with the surgeon and staff.
Dr. Terranova is board-certified by the ABPS and in his more-than 25 years of experience has successfully performed thousands of plastic surgery procedures. Dr. Terranova emphasizes proven surgical approaches and employs the safest, most effective plastic surgery and body contouring technology.
Patient Education and Comfort
Dr. Terranova knows that educated patients make the best decisions and achieve the most satisfying results.
During your personal consultation, Dr. Terranova will take the time to understand your unique needs and aesthetic goals. Before recommending any procedures, he will conduct a detailed review of your medical history for any potential conflicts.
At The Center for Plastic Surgery, Dr. Terranova and our entire team want you to feel prepared for and confident about your procedure. Dr. Terranova is dedicated to providing you with a thorough understanding of your treatment options and the possible risks.
Referrals and Plastic Surgery Galleries
When considering plastic surgery, other good sources of information are referrals from other patients or medical personnel as well as examples of a prospective surgeon’s work.
Ask friends or family members about their experiences, and seek out patient reviews online. Ask for the opinions of medical professionals you know; they see who is good and who is not. Also look for photo galleries of demonstrated results of the plastic surgery procedure or procedures you desire.
Plastic Surgery Facilities
Your plastic surgeon should maintain a comfortable office with a discreet consultation area and perform plastic surgery procedures in a fully equipped, accredited surgical suite.
The state-of-the-art facilities at The Center for Plastic Surgery feature a comfortable and contemporary main office as well as an operating suite accredited by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities.
If you live in the greater Charleston, Mt. Pleasant or Summerville, South Carolina, areas and would like to arrange your personal plastic surgery consultation with Dr. Terranova, please contact The Center for Plastic Surgery today.