A growing number of men and women are having plastic surgery as a way to correct defects on their faces or bodies, repair traumatic injuries, or fix the aftereffects of surgery. However, before you elect to undergo a reconstructive procedure, you need to find a qualified, skilled, vetted and reassuring plastic surgeon in whom you feel confident.
Let’s talk about how to go about doing just that, and where you can go in Atlanta to see a world-class plastic surgeon who can nip, tuck, and fix whatever you’d like fixed – with flawless results.
Looking for a Plastic Surgeon
Here is what you should do in your quest for a physician who meets your standards:
- Ask for recommendations from friends, family members, or acquaintances who have had similar surgery. They can give you their opinion about doctors and plastic surgery facilities in the area. If you don’t know anyone who has had plastic surgery in your area, ask your primary care physician or a nurse for their recommendations.Once you have some names to consider, before going any further, check your health insurance coverage list to make sure the doctor accepts your insurance. If the plastic surgeon’s name isn’t on your list, call their office to see whether they do take your insurance, because those lists are often not completely up-to-date.
- Read online reviews of plastic surgeons in your area. Focus on verified patients’ experiences (not anonymous reviews) to get a sense of what each surgeon is like. Beware of generic or even overly emphatic opinions one way or the other, either exuberantly positive or negative, because those could be paid reviewers or employees. Look for credible and specific opinions about the surgeon.
- Check out the qualifications of the plastic surgeons you’re considering. Make sure they perform the specific procedure you need. Some doctors refer to themselves as “cosmetic surgeons,” “aesthetic surgeons,” or “aesthetic medicine specialists,” but may not be plastic surgeons – these medical practitioners may be able to perform non-surgical procedures, such as injectables, chemical peels, dermabrasions, or laser treatments, but they may not have the medical capacity for surgical procedures, such as liposuction or breast reconstruction. Look for a plastic surgeon who is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS).
- Find out whether the plastic surgeon you are considering is affiliated with a reputable hospital. It’s important for your plastic surgeon to have access to a hospital that can address any complications. Steer clear of a cosmetic surgeon who doesn’t have hospital privileges and only performs surgery in their office.
- Be prepared to ask questions. Once you have a consultation with a surgeon, make sure you are both on the same page, that you understand your options, and that you communicate your desired results. Also, clarify the costs involved surrounding your surgery so there are no unpleasant surprises later on.
Plastic Surgeon in Atlanta, Georgia
Double board-certified and fellowship-trained, Dr. Gregory Mackay at Atlanta Plastic & Reconstructive Specialists has the extensive training, expertise, and impeccable reputation you’re looking for in a plastic surgeon.
With more than 20 years of experience in all facets of facial and body rejuvenation, Dr. Mackay will assess your cosmetic needs, help you determine the surgical or non-surgical procedure that’s right for you, and provide the results you desire.
To learn more about the wide range of cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery services Dr. Mackay offers, arrange a private consultation by calling our office today at (404) 255-2975. We look forward to seeing you and helping you look and feel great!