Patients who fail to do their homework before choosing a plastic surgeon are setting themselves up for disappointment or worse, says plastic surgeon Tracy M. Pfeifer. The first step is ensuring the doctor is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Then, ask about risks, the anesthesiologist's certification and the surgical center's accreditation, she says. Be wary of doctors who offer procedures at prices way less than the norm, those who say medical clearance before a procedure is not necessary, and surgeons who are rushed or rude, she adds.
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