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Dr. Ladner believes that the art of facial plastic surgery lies not only in technical prowess but also in the ability to understand the goals and motivations of the patient. Creating a refreshed look and avoiding a surgical appearance should always be the surgeon’s objectives. Furthermore, addressing the specific concerns of the patient must be penultimate. Good rapport and transparent communication are imperative to achieve the best results.

How to choose your facial plastic surgeon

As a patient, it is imperative that your surgeon is properly trained in facial plastic and reconstructive procedures. While many specialties advertise themselves as "Cosmetic Surgeons," only two plastic surgery boards are recognized by the American Medical Association: The American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) and the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ABFPRS). In order to be board certified by the ABFPRS, a candidate must first be board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery or the American Board of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery. Therefore, you should verify that your surgeon has completed a facial plastic fellowship and is board certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ABFPRS). 

Once you have checked your surgeon's board certification, it is also helpful to know which, if any, hospitals have granted him or her admitting/operative privileges. Attaining hospital privileges ensures a basic level of scrutiny and standardized performance. If a surgeon does not have privileges at a local hospital, do not use them.

Once you have completed your consultation, be sure that you have established a trusting relationship with your facial plastic surgeon. If he/she is unable to communicate the treatment expectations and answer your questions, the end result may be disappointing.

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