When it comes to body modifications surgery, there are really a lot of factors to consider. The most important one, or at least the one that should come before all of the others, is making surer that you can trust you chosen handler. Never leave meeting them until the actual operation time, whether you are looking for cosmetic or plastic surgery. By the way, if you are wondering about the difference between those two, check out this link.
So, how do you determine whether or not a surgeon is a trustworthy sort? Well, we put together this little guide to help you out. Here are some things that you can do to make sure that your body will be in safe hands when it comes time to actually go and lay down on the operating table.
Seek advice from birds of a feather
This would actually refer to both you and your potential future surgeon. First, look to your own “flock of familiars” – reach out to family or friends who have had body modification surgery before and ask them for some recommendations and personal testimonies.
They can walk you through the whole thing, starting with scheduling and attending consultations, through the actual procedure that they had, through the whole recovery and aftercare scenario and the regulations or restrictions that follow it. You will get honest feedback on all aspects of the situation, so you can have a pretty good idea of what to expect from a given doctor.
On the other hand, look to the “flock” of medical workers as a whole. Health care professionals are typically more than happy to recommend you a colleague from a different branch, and they tend to be very open about the specialties, characters, pros and cons of their fellow medics. So, for example, if you are looking for a plastic surgeon in Fort Wayne, you would ask for recommendations from physicians, nurses etc. in the Fort Wayne area.
Question everything you read online
Once you have some idea on who your surgery candidates might be, you would naturally want to look them all up online. Notice that we said “them” – you would be smart to review at least three to five options before settling on one person.
Now, when you google a potential doctor candidate, be very observant and take everything with a good dose of salt. Online review sites can be a real treasure trove of useful first-hand information, but they can also be a big ugly muck of misinformation. The main things to look out for are anonymous reviews and comparison photographs.
First off, the reviews. To begin with, as soon as a review is anonymous it is suspicious, because a living person (as opposed to a bot) has no reason to conceal their identity (at least an online nickname) if they were involved in a legitimate exchange. Therefore, you can safely assume that an anonymous reviewer is being purposefully malicious.
If they are singing praise in rather generalized terms, it is likely a fake business-boosting account. If they are leaving scathing criticism all seething with venom, chances are that they are furthering some private agenda (business rivalry, anybody?) or just holding an overblown grudge. Reviews are supposed to be knowledge hubs built on sharing legit experience, so steer clear from anything that looks like drama fuel.
When it comes to comparing photos, keep a keenly close eye on any before-and-after display and make sure that it is, in fact, the same thing. Compare the level, hue, and angle of the light. This how-to gives a very comprehensive overview: https://www.wikihow.com/Use-Light-in-Photography
Compare the shadows. Watch for any little sign of makeup in either photo. These things are often manipulated to improve or outright fabricate an “after” picture, so always be suspicious. Think of it as a round of “Find the Difference”, only with your money and your body as the stakes in the game.
In addition to these tips, interview each candidate individually. Check their qualifications, affiliations to any hospital, their status with the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery (certified or not). Prepare your questions etc. before each consultation.