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Four Considerations When Choosing A Cosmetic Surgeon

Thursday, January 7th, 2016

Cosmetic Surgeon

The decision to undergo cosmetic surgery is a decision you shouldn’t make lightly; it’s a choice you will live with for the rest of your life. A successful outcome can enhance your self-esteem. Poor results may mean additional surgery and heartache.

Accordingly, your choice of cosmetic surgeon is vitally important.

Here are FOUR things to consider as you make your cosmetic surgery decision:


  1. Board Certification – Did you know that the government does not require a surgeon to be specifically trained in the procedures they offer? In the area of cosmetic surgery, many doctors with general surgery or other medical training decide to offer cosmetic surgery in pursuit of greater profits. Dr. Buchanan is certified with the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery – the most dependable way of assessing whether a cosmetic surgeon is properly trained.
  2. Experience In the Procedure You Want – Each area of cosmetic surgery requires different skills. Operating on a nose is quite different from operating on a breast. Ask your potential cosmetic surgeon how he or she trained in the procedure you want and how many times they have performed it.
  3. Aesthetics – It goes without saying that what one person finds beautiful may be unattractive to another. This is why it is important to find a cosmetic surgeon that shares your aesthetic sensibility. Compare results for the procedure you want to have – usually provided by the surgeon as before-and-after photos – and think about whether the results appeal to you. Look at yourself in the mirror or take a selfie for reference. For facial procedures, look for photos of patients that have a similar facial structure, are around your age, and have some of the same concerns. Ask yourself if their results look like you want to look after your surgery.
  4. Emotional Connection – You should feel comfortable with your cosmetic surgeon and their support team. Ask yourself if you like spending time with him or her and if you feel like you can trust them to recommend what is safe and right for you.

Dr. Buchanan is dedicated to serving your cosmetic surgery needs. He and his specialized team are trained to assist you and answer any questions you may have.
If you are considering cosmetic surgery, call to schedule a complementary consultation: (828) 526-3783.

Thank you for your business over the years! Dr. Buchanan is closing his practice and the Center For Plastic Surgery's last day open will be January 31, 2023.