There are many challenging hurdles in the process to becoming a plastic surgeon and choosing to remain in the field. Each professional has to complete four years of college, four years of medical school, and six to eight years surgical residency in one’s specialty; the sooner they know the area they’d like to specialize in, the better. Education, residency, and private practice are all vital. It is also important to maintain privileges with a neighboring hospital or have the equipment and staff to handle emergencies. A physician must also remain abreast of her reputation, the latest research, technology and techniques.
A plastic surgeon also has to maintain positive and professional relationships with staff and clients, because for some reason the reputation of a plastic surgeon is very fragile. If several complaints are not followed up on, it could mean costly damage control. There are ideas out there about some professionals practicing cosmetic procedures without proper training, and that they are in it for the money. They are claiming to be specialists and botching a man or woman’s hair transplants, facial surgery, breast augmentation or a myriad other costly body alterations. This is why the legit doctors occasionally have to work twice as hard to not only perform first-time surgeries on new patients and help to maintain their return clients but they have to revise and restore someone else’s patient, because that doctor was not qualified to do the procedure in the first place.
In the end it is a surgeon’s responsibility to continue to learn about their growing field. This will help them to be better doctors and to keep each patient safe. With their up-to-date information, they are able to also advise patients in ways to achieve their desired look and counsel them in alternatives to surgical methods instead of or as supplements to their procedure. The goal is always to provide the best information, so that each patient can make an informed decision and understand why a procedure must be modified for him or her in order to accommodate their wishes and health during surgery.
A plastic surgeon’s education is critical to his certification and success in his field, but the education of his patients is also important. It means they know what they are doing in their specialty. Then there is the wealth of information they provide during a patient’s sit down consultation. Information about cosmetic procedures will continue to evolve, and so will the associated education and processes towards body changes. This is why both the doctor and the patient have to continue to communicate about the tools and techniques out there in order to achieve the ideal results.