How to Choose

How to ChooseChoosing the right plastic surgeon has never been more difficult. Today, as health care changes, all kinds of doctors perform plastic surgery.

Once doctors have earned a general medical degree, they may practice any specialty they wish — regardless of whether they have had any advanced training. But not all of them share the same degree of training and experience in the specialty.

That's why it's so important to be careful in choosing your cosmetic plastic surgeon in NYC.

Since it is so difficult for a consumer to evaluate the competence or qualifications of a surgeon, the medical profession offers a generally accepted form of accreditation.

It's called board certification.

After years of formal education, specialized training and surgical residencies, surgeons take extremely rigorous written and oral examinations. When they pass, and only if they pass, do they have the right to call themselves "board-certified" surgeons.

Board certification is only a starting point though, since it tells you little about the surgeon's qualifications to perform your particular procedure, such as rhinoplasty in NYC.

Find our how much experience your surgeon has had with your procedure — how often he does it, how many times he has done it. The more the better.

It only makes sense that surgeons who concentrate on aesthetic or cosmetic surgery — and do a lot of it — are better at it.

Ask about hospital affiliations and privileges. Good surgeons usually have privileges at good hospitals.

Ask if your surgeon teaches other surgeons — this usually suggests a very strong level of experience.

Ask to see examples of his work — skilled surgeons are generally proud to show you the quality of their procedures.

And ask to see specifically what your surgeon proposes to do for you. Computer imaging is particularly helpful in demonstrating proposed facial procedures. It allows you to see that you and your surgeon are thinking along the same lines.

Finally, personal chemistry is very important. Cosmetic surgery is a very personal undertaking, and you need to choose a surgeon you feel comfortable with. Someone who's easy to talk to. Warm. Friendly. Professional. Someone who listens closely to what you want and cares about what you need. If you do your homework, you should have no problem finding an experienced and caring plastic surgeon in NYC who's perfect for you.

What To Expect During A Consultation

There's only one way to find out if plastic surgery is right for you. You need to have a consultation with a New York cosmetic surgeon — one who listens to what you want, examines you, and tells you then and there if surgery is right for you.

When you sit down to talk with Dr. Erlich at our New York or Connecticut plastic surgery centers, he will tell you everything you need to know about the procedure you're interested in.

How it's performed, what results you can expect, how long they will last, how long recovery takes, types of anesthesia, and complete information on potential risks associated with these procedures.

Then it's up to you. Some patients conclude their consultation with Dr. Erlich by scheduling a surgery at our New York cosmetic surgery offices. Others want to think it over. Some return for another consultation, or bring in a friend or family member. You should do whatever makes you feel most comfortable.

Plastic surgery is a big decision.

Dr. Erlich and his staff at New York Plastic Surgery, P.C. in New York and Connecticut will do everything they can to make sure plastic surgery the right decision for you.

The Key To Successful Plastic Surgery

The right motivation and realistic expectations are the key. The best surgeon in the world can't help you if your motivation is wrong or your expectations are unrealistic.

First, you should have plastic surgery for yourself. Not for your spouse, your kids, your friends, or anyone else. Secondly, you should do it for the right reasons.

Plastic surgery cannot save a bad marriage. It won't turn you into a movie star. And, it won't change an unhappy life into a happy one. But there's a lot it can do.

It can improve your appearance. It can help you look as young as you feel. And it can boost your self-esteem and your self-confidence. The rest is up to you.

Plastic surgery deals in improvement, not in perfection. If you can accept that, you may be a good candidate. And chances are excellent that you'll be happy with the results of your procedure.

The Advantages Of A Dedicated Plastic Surgery Center

Plastic surgery procedures have become so advanced, that for the vast majority of them no hospitalization is needed.

In fact, for many reasons, a dedicated plastic surgery center is much preferred.

It's safer because a dedicated center does not have the higher infection rate of a hospital.

It's more affordable because we don't have the overhead and high prices of hospitals. Our New York City and Connecticut plastic surgery centers are designed exclusively for high-quality plastic surgery, and nothing else. The equipment, the staff, and the surgeons are there for on purpose only - to give you the highest quality plastic surgery and the best possible result.

And, finally, surgery in our plastic surgery center can make your recovery easier. After surgery, you'll be home in your very own bed the same night, and that is by far the most comfortable place to be.

Hospitals are for people who are sick. A dedicated plastic surgery center is for people who want the best care in plastic surgery.

Please take the time to visit our plastic surgery centers, conveniently located in New York City and Norwalk, Connecticut. Plastic surgery is an important decision. We invite you to take a tour of our accredited surgical facility as part of your decision-making process. Call Connecticut and New York plastic surgeon Dr. Erlich at 212.861.4100 today to schedule your in-office consultation — alternatively, you may click here to request a consultation.

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