If you are starting from scratch in your search for a plastic surgeon, it might seem overwhelming if you type “best plastic surgery practice in St. Louis” into a search engine. The number of results will fill page after page – and that doesn’t count the practices in nearby areas that avoid the hassle of navigating the city.
In this blog, we’ll provide you with some tips that can help you narrow down your search and find a highly qualified plastic surgeon in your area who communicates well and is supported by a dedicated staff.
Start With a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon
The first step that we recommend you take when searching for a plastic surgeon is finding one who is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, the only board acknowledged by The American Board of Medical Specialties. Why is board certification important? When a plastic surgeon is board-certified, it means that they have undergone extensive training in plastic surgery, specifically. Not only are they highly trained in surgical procedures, but they have also been closely reviewed on their ethical standards. Maintaining board certification requires continuous hours of education and training, ensuring that your surgeon stays up to date with the latest news and trends in the industry.
Dr. Ryan Diederich became board-certified in 2011 and has maintained his certification throughout the years. Dr. Diederich is also a member of The Aesthetic Society and has held several positions within several organizations in the industry, including serving as the former Chairman of the Department of Surgery at Anderson Hospital in Maryville, IL, a great honor.
Read Online Reviews
Who better to learn about a plastic surgeon from than actual patients? Online reviews are a great way to learn more about plastic surgeons in your area. In addition to Google, websites such as Healthgrades, Vitals, and RealSelf list reviews and additional information about providers in your area.
Look at Before-and-After Galleries
The proof is in the picture. Many plastic surgeons highlight their work on their websites and social media platforms. An online gallery is a great way to view real results and get an idea of how cosmetic surgery procedures look on different body types. Click here to view our online photo gallery.
Trust Your Gut Regarding Your Comfort Level
The decision to have plastic surgery is a big one and should not be taken lightly. You should never feel pressured by a surgeon, or anyone for that matter, to undergo cosmetic surgery. Forming a good relationship with your surgeon allows for more open communication and creates a sense of comfortability. Bedside manner is important. Does the surgeon make you feel comfortable? Do you feel as though you can trust them? At MidAmerica Plastic Surgery, we are committed to providing exceptional patient care. Our team will never recommend unnecessary surgical options to patients and will always be transparent about the risks, benefits, and cost of cosmetic procedures.
Evaluate the Staff, Not Just the Surgeon
Even if your surgeon seems like a great fit, be sure to observe the support staff. Are they friendly and helpful? In addition to your surgeon, these individuals will be helping you throughout your surgical journey. What sets MidAmerica apart from many others is our Patient Care Coordinator team. Our Patient Care Coordinators, Katie and Allison, serve as advocates for patients throughout their surgical journeys. When patients arrive for their initial consultation at MidAmerica, Katie or Allison will meet with them to discuss their goals, educate them on procedures, and guide them throughout the entire experience.
Do you have additional questions regarding cosmetic surgery? Our team is here to help. Feel free to call our office at 618-288-7855 or contact us online by filling out this form.