Choosing to have cosmetic surgery, or any medical treatment for that matter, is a serious decision that should not be rushed into. Most people have cosmetic procedures because they want to improve their physical appearances. Unfortunately, there are occasions in which the end result of a procedure is not what the patient expected or desired. This may be because the physician who performed the procedure was unskilled or inexperienced. The first step in pursuing cosmetic surgery is finding an experienced physician who will meet your needs.

Beware of a Jack (or Jill) of all Trades

Patients should be wary of surgeons who claim to be experts on everything. Each surgery has its own nuances and techniques, and it is unlikely that a surgeon would specialize in all of them. If a surgeon is performing multiple types of cosmetic surgeries he will not develop special expertise in any of them. If you’re interested in facial surgery, find a qualified facial plastic surgeon. You can take it a step further by finding a surgeon with particular interest in you procedure of choice, a rhinoplasty specialist or facelift expert for instance.

Look at Before-and-After Pictures

A good surgeon will have plenty of before-and-after photos of previous patients for all types of surgery that he or she performs. These photos will help you to judge the surgeon’s style and aesthetic preferences and whether or not he or she is a fit for you.

Patients’ privacy is important and while some of our patients are happy to share their photos on our website, many patients ask us to only show photos in the office.  Therefore, Dr. Batniji and staff can review many more photos with you in the office at time of your consultation.

Honesty is the Best Policy

If your cosmetic expectations are unrealistic, a good surgeon will be honest with you about what can or cannot be done to your face or body. He or she will also provide realistic suggestions that are as similar to your desires as possible. Avoid doctors willing to do anything–they do not have your best interests in mind.

Dr. Batniji is a board-certified facial plastic surgeon who specializes in facial cosmetic procedures. If you are interested in speaking to him about a future cosmetic procedure, contact his Newport Beach practice today at 949-650-8882 for a consultation.