Facial plastic surgery has become extremely popular due to the competitiveness of today’s society; everyone wants to look young and vibrant. Although many people are having surgical and non-surgical procedures, most are not willing to announce it. In addition, when the procedures are done properly, it is difficult to recognize the work of a good surgeon since the patients will look natural, refreshed, and energized, not “done” or “plastic”.
So where should you begin when looking for a qualified facial plastic surgeon? It’s time for Austin women and men to do some homework. Learn more from board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Marcelo Antunes.
Look for Board Certifications
Not every surgeon has the same training or certifications. Currently, there are five different legitimate boards that are either a member board of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) or found equivalent to the ABMS boards. These boards are:
- American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ABFPRS)
- American Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery (ABOTO)
- The American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS)
- American Board of Dermatology
- American Board of Ophthalmology
Specialty Boards for Facial Plastic Surgery
There are a number of specialties that qualify surgeons to perform facial plastic surgery. The American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery certifies surgeons in the specific specialty area of plastic surgery of the face. The only surgeons who even qualify to take this specialists’ board exam are either board-certified diplomates of the American Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery or The American Board of Plastic Surgery. The American Medical Association (AMA) recognizes these as legitimate certifying boards to test the qualifications of surgeons to perform facial plastic surgery.
Focused Training for Facial Plastic Surgeons
Board-certified and fellowship-trained facial plastic surgeons complete 5 years of training in Head and Neck Surgery where they only operate on the face, nose, eyelids, head and neck first. During this time, they perform cosmetic procedures such as rhinoplasty, facelift, and eyelid surgery. Their training also includes performing cancer surgery for the head and neck, nose, and face including reconstructive surgery on the face. They then go on to complete an additional year of fellowship training further specialized in the most up-to-date techniques in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery.
Review Before-and-After Photos
Board certification is the first step. Once you have confirmed that your surgeon has the appropriate boards, it is time to look at some before-and-after photographs. It is important to note whether you like the surgeon’s aesthetic taste. Plastic surgery is a both a skill and an art; just because the surgeon has all the appropriate credentials, doesn’t necessarily mean that he/she is able to create the look you desire. Browse through the photo gallery. See if you like the results.
Verify Hospital Privileges
You should also check your doctor’s hospital affiliations. If a physician has privileges to perform surgery at an accredited hospital, it demonstrates that his or her performance and credentials are subject to regular scrutiny. While most plastic surgeons can perform surgery in their office, they should have privileges to perform surgery at a local hospital. If a doctor does not have hospital privileges, consider it a red flag.
Consider Personality and Rapport
Your next step is to schedule a consultation. It is extremely important that you feel comfortable with the surgeon. A good doctor will:
- Listen to your concerns
- Answer all your questions
- Explain all risks and benefits of the procedures you are interested in
Nothing replaces a face-to-face interaction.
Choose a Specialist
A facial plastic surgeon, such as Dr. Antunes, does not do tummy tucks, breast surgery, or body liposuction. Rather, he dedicates his practice entirely to the face and nose. His background and subspecialty training in facial plastic surgery gives him a unique skill set and knowledge of the face and its underlying structures.
To meet with Dr. Antunes in Austin, Texas, and learn more about facial plastic surgery, contact us online or call us at (512) 551-1067.
“Trust Your Face to a Facial Plastic Surgeon.”