Finding a Chicago Plastic Surgeon

Finding a qualified plastic surgeon can be challenging. Do not underestimate the complexity of this important task. I offer the following advice:

Ask a friend:
If a friend was satisfied with the care provided by a plastic surgeon, then chances are that you will be similarly pleased. Unfortunately, not everyone has a friend who has had plastic surgery.

Ask someone in the medical profession, such as your family doctor or a nurse:
Keep in mind, however, that doctors and nurses may only be familiar with the physicians at their own hospitals, and they may refer to plastic surgeons based on personality or friendship rather than ability. They will also tend to refer to "hospital-based" plastic surgeons, who tend to perform mostly reconstructive surgery. Make sure your plastic surgeon spends most of his or her time performing cosmetic surgery - especially the one your seek.

Look for a Plastic Surgeon who is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery:
Be aware of made-up boards that sound official and issue official-appearing certificates. These boards may sound impressive, but according to Joyce D. Nash, author of What Your Doctor Can't Tell You About Cosmetic Surgery, "Certification of competency from such organizations is probably meaningless." Be certain to ask from which board certification was received. If your plastic surgeon is not certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery, be suspicious.

You may look in your telephone directory for a plastic surgeon, but beware:
Know that in most metropolitan telephone directories, only about 50% of the physicians listed under "Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons" are plastic surgeons who are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). Some physicians listed in the plastic surgery section have absolutely no formal training in cosmetic plastic surgery.