1. Always seek a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon. This doctor must be a Diplomate of the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Consult with three Board Certified Plastic Surgeons, if necessary, in order to compare quality, experience and judgment.
2. Do use a Board Certified Anesthesiologist. Board Certified Anesthesiologists have the experience, training and education to take care of a patient under an emergency situation in the operating room. There is no substitute for a Board Certification in anesthesia.
3. Always seek a specialist in the procedure you’re hoping to have performed. In other words, if you’re considering breast augmentation, make sure the Board Certified Plastic Surgeon specializes in breast implant and breast revision surgery and performs hundreds, if not thousands, of implants annually.
4. Always review hundreds, if not thousands, of photos, before and after pictures of the procedure that you are deciding to have done by each plastic surgeon. If the doctor does not have hundreds of photos of that specific procedure, then you may consider going elsewhere.
5. Always do your homework. When considering plastic surgery, this is a life-changing event. Celebrities like all other patients need to make sure that the procedure is done correctly so as not to destroy or type cast the patient out of the Hollywood industry and type cast the patient out of roles, both on television and in the movies.
1. Never bargain shop. Looking for the lowest price in plastic surgery is extremely dangerous. Remember the adage, “You get what you pay for.” This is very true even in plastic surgery. Low ball prices may leave you with a disastrous, horrific or irreparable result. Never, ever, bargain shop. If you need to wait to save up more money for a more qualified and experienced Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, then do it. You will be much better off in the end.
2. With breast augmentation, Hollywood actresses should be very cognizant of not going too large. Type casting out of rolls can occur easily when implants are too big. Women in Hollywood need to have a sense of proportionality in order to remain elegant and classy on and off screen. So, consider the size of the implant seriously when undergoing augmentation, especially if you are a female actress or celebrity in Hollywood.
3. Never take anybody’s word specifically on a procedure, i.e., if a friend refers you to a doctor stating that he or she is the best, do your homework. Make sure the doctor is again a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, has experience, and is credentialed. Look at thousands of photos of the doctor’s work and make sure they specialize in the procedure that you want.
4. Never do too much surgery at one time. In general, we prefer not to perform over five hours of anesthesia as well as to reduce the amount of blood loss by performing surgeries that are safe. If the doctor is considering too much surgery at one time and over five hours of anesthesia, you may consider that the surgeon does not have your best interest in mind.
5. Don’t allow any surgeon to talk you into a procedure that you are not comfortable with. In other words, if you consult with a plastic surgeon for liposuction and all of a sudden they’re discussing breast augmentation, that you had no intention of having done, consider that this person is selling you something and you may want to consider seeking other plastic surgeons. In Dr. Linder’s practice we never, unless solicited by the patient, discuss other parts of the body.
Having plastic surgeon for women is certainly a very sensitive issue and we want to maintain that throughout the consultation, surgery and postoperative period.
Stuart Linder, M.D., F.A.C.S.