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Charles A. Messa, III, MD, FACS

Questions You Should Ask When Choosing Your Surgeon

Posted November 20, 2013 in Uncategorized

Doctor holding a question mark sign in front of faceChoosing to undergo plastic surgery is an important decision that should not be made without great consideration. After you decide to undergo a procedure, it is time to schedule a consultation with a plastic surgeon. It is imperative that you know exactly what kind of questions to ask during your consultation.

What type of education/training does your surgeon have?

Technically anyone with a medical license can perform cosmetic surgery, but there are specific qualifications that your surgeon should have. Aside from graduating medical school, a well-qualified plastic surgeon should have completed a residency program in general surgery as well as completed Fellowship Training or a Plastic and Reconstructive Residency Program.

Is the surgeon board certified in plastic surgery?

In addition to the above accomplishments, a surgeon should also be certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). The ABPS is considered the “Gold Standard” in plastic surgery. In order to become a member, surgeons must voluntarily undergo rigorous written testing and peer evaluation by a select group of board-certified members.

Does the surgeon have experience in performing the type of procedure you want?

Be sure to ask your surgeon if they specialize in performing the procedure that you want. It’s beneficial to ask them this because you probably would not want an ear, nose, and throat specialist (ENT) performing your breast augmentation. If they do specialize in the procedure you desire, then it is also a good idea to ask them how often they perform it and when was the last time they performed that procedure.

What type of anesthesia is used?

The type of anesthesia that is used during surgery is another important question that should be brought to your surgeon’s attention. Most surgeons give patients the option of performing surgery under general anesthesia or intravenous sedation. Each has its own risks and benefits, so it is important to discuss this with your surgeon.

Where will the surgery take place?

Knowing where the surgery will be performed is crucial to your safety and overall results of your procedure. In order to ensure that you are getting the safest and most effective procedure possible, it is best that your surgeon performs your surgery in a facility that is accredited by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgical Facilities (AAAASF), which ensures the highest standards of excellence for patient safety and care.

At Weston Cosmetic Surgery Center, our plastic surgeon, Dr. Charles Messa, III has been board certified by the ABPS for over a decade and typically performs various types of facial, breast, and body procedures. He performs all of his procedures at an AAAASF accredited facility to ensure the utmost safety for each of his patients.

To schedule your consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Charles Messa, III, we encourage you to call (954) 659-7760 or (877) 250-8117 today. For your convenience, we also offer an online contact form that you may fill out instead. Dr. Messa looks forward to meeting you and helping you achieve the results you desire.

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