Finding the Right Doctor

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Plastic surgery is becoming more and more popular for both men and women. If you are considering going under the knife, it’s important that you do your research before choosing a doctor.

You are in a new city, job or school, and though change can be exciting, nerve-racking and frustrating all at the same time, you should not rush into major decisions. Don’t succumb to the pressures of convenience when it comes to choosing a new doctor. A zip code match is not your answer. Scheduling an appointment after a blind search is not the way to go when choosing a doctor. And a quick Google search will not suffice. How do you determine whether you are making a well-informed decision? With the following guidelines from Board Certified Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon Dr. Steven Williams, you will feel at ease choosing your new doctor/specialist.

Information Overload

Choosing the right doctor is hard to do. Though word of mouth is the traditional approach, if you find yourself in a new town with new faces, chances are you won’t be able to rely on a friendly familiar face. Don’t limit yourself to a quick internet search. Spend some additional time surfing the net, but it shouldn’t end there. This is the age of information overload, which can be both good and bad. Weed out the insignificant and search for credible Web sites. Alongside this, examine additional channels. For instance, I would recommend examining Apps like the Venus iPhone App, an innovative online medical application for patients and for the general public looking for the best doctors, special offers and information about injectables.

Asking the Right Questions

You may have a new healthcare provider that limits your choices; why not pick up the phone and call? Call the office and ask questions. It is important to know your doctors credentials and set up a consultation. Have a list of appropriate questions and speak to the receptionist. For instance, when meeting with a plastic surgeon, it is important to ask for your surgeon what procedures they specialize in or request to speak to past patients.

M.D. Background Check

You are the interviewer. Your potential doctor is a candidate for the new position. A background check is a necessity in making your selection. Many states allow you to easily search online for your doctor’s license information. You also have the option to search for a specialist. For instance, you can search to see if your doctor is board certified.

Bargain-Hunting

When it’s too good to be true—question it. For instance, in my line of work, you may come across many plastic surgery deals. These sorts of deals can save patients money and result in a positive experience and outcome, if you are working with an accredited doctor, dentist, dermatologist or surgeon. However, getting the most bang for your buck, may lead to more serious complications if you do not do your research. Consider the tips mentioned above and confirm you’re selecting the right doctor for the job. Never choose your doctor solely based on a Web site discount or daily deal sites without research. Your health is far too valuable to risk.

Info courtesy of Dr. Steven Williams (www.trivallerysurgery.com)

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