Making the decision to have a plastic surgery procedure can be life-changing. A successful procedure can give you higher self-esteem and overall contentment, while a failed or botched procedure often leads to heartache and costly repairs. Choosing the right plastic surgeon is critical to obtaining the results you desire. Personal recommendations from your family doctor, other physicians and trusted friends and family members can all be valuable tools in your search for the right surgeon. Due to plastic surgery being a highly competitive field, you may find that many doctors will claim to provide “superior results” or the “best Botox in Dallas,” or even the whole country! Because you’ll encounter a number of similar claims, it’s important to do diligent research when selecting the plastic surgeon that meets your needs.
Questions to ask your plastic surgeon
The first and most important question you must be certain to ask is whether or not the surgeon is board certified. He or she should be certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Additional certifications (depending on their specialty area) are a bonus. Through your state’s medical board, you can verify a surgeon’s licensure and check to see if any disciplinary action or malpractice judgments have been filed against them.
Why is it so crucial that a plastic surgeon be board certified?
Legally, any doctor can administer Botox, even if they have never received any training whatsoever on the procedure. Selecting a board certified surgeon will ensure that the doctor has had three to five years of training in general surgery in addition to two to three years in plastic surgery. Like other medical professionals, they also have to take oral and written tests in order to become certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.
Another important question to ask is if the doctor has hospital privileges – even if your procedure will be done at an outpatient clinic. Hospitals do background checks; therefore, if the surgeon does not have hospital privileges, you will need to do extra due diligence when it comes to researching their history. Another red flag is a surgeon suggests doing more than one procedure simultaneously. Multiple procedures increase risk, but some surgeons may recommend unnecessary surgery or injections simply to make more money.
Next, it is imperative to consider the surgeon’s experience in the procedure that you are planning to have done. Every type of plastic surgery involves a unique skill. Operating on nasal bones, breathing passages, or an ear with uniquely ridged cartilage is vastly different than operating on a breast or administering Botox or fillers. As stated before, plastic surgeons can have sub-specialties within their field; therefore, you should choose the surgeon that has the most experience performing your desired procedure. A few questions to ask the surgeon regarding their experience may include:
- How often do you perform Botox injections in (the forehead/crows feet/forehead, etc)?
- What type of Botox training did you receive?
- Do you stay current on new Botox approaches and research?
- How long have you been performing Botox treatments?
- Approximately how many Botox injections have you administered?
Botox injections require specialized training and experience. Without adequate training and experience, a surgeon could easily botch your Botox procedure, leaving you lopsided, droopy, frozen or puffy. Administering Botox injections is a procedure in which Dr. Stephanie Teotia is well-versed and highly skilled.
What “problems” can Botox address?
The cosmetic form of Botox is known as botulinum toxin, and it is an FDA-approved purified protein injectable filler that reduces wrinkles. Botox injections can decrease frown lines, crow’s feet around the eyes, forehead creases, and bands on the neck. This non-surgical injection temporarily stops nerve impulses to the muscles that cause wrinkles. This leads to the skin appearing smoother and more refreshed.
Botox can also be used to treat muscle spasms, heavy sweating, and migraines. New uses for Botox are being discovered regularly. Anyone between the ages of 18 and 70 – who wants to decrease their frown lines, crow’s feet, or forehead lines – are possible candidates for Botox injections. The best way to know if Botox is right for you is to set up a consultation with a plastic surgeon who is experienced in this procedure.
What is a Botox procedure like? Does it hurt?
Botox is injected directly into the muscles that lead to dynamic wrinkles, which are wrinkles that appear when smiling or frowning. A small amount of stinging is felt when the needle pricks the skin. The procedure is non-surgical, therefore there is no recovery time and results usually appear within five to seven days. This procedure can be repeated every three to four months. There are several acceptable Botox methods, and each plastic surgeon will have a unique approach, which amplifies the importance of doing your research before deciding on a surgeon.
What will my face look like after Botox injections?
In order to get an idea of your potential results, look carefully at your surgeon’s Botox “before and after” photographs. Pay close attention to patients with whom you share similar physical attributes. For Botox and other facial procedures, compare ages, facial structure, related concerns such as a sagging neck, loose eyelids, forehead wrinkles, or crow’s feet around the eyes. If you are also considering a breast and/or body procedure, search for patients that have a comparable torso and breast shape.
How much does Botox cost?
Finally, pay close attention to how the staff and surgeon make you feel. It is important that you are comfortable asking any questions as you move through the Botox process. Trust is an essential factor because you need to know that the surgeon is going to recommend and follow through with the safest and best procedure(s) specifically for you.
Before committing to a surgeon, you’ll need to inquire about the cost of the procedure because most insurance companies do not cover procedures that are solely for aesthetic reasons. With that being said, choosing a skilled, experienced, board certified plastic surgeon that makes you feel comfortable and at ease is much more important than selecting the cheapest provider you can find. As with many things in life – you get what you pay for – and when it comes to your face, that is a sentiment that should be taken very seriously.