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In San Diego County, it’s no surprise that there are many talented board certified plastic surgeons. With such an overwhelming number, how does one go about finding the best plastic surgeon?

The answer is that it truly takes some meticulous research in terms of locating one whose specialty is in the area of a person’s surgical aesthetic goals.

An excellent area for people to begin their search is on regarded sites such as the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. This website lets researchers double-check that the doctor they are interested in is indeed board-certified. They can also learn more about their educational background, and their areas of specialty, and be given an opportunity to read any answers a doctor may have provided to people asking questions about an array of plastic surgery questions.

When a doctor is involved in answering a series of online medical questions, it provides potential patients a better perspective on how the doctor interacts with others. And if the doctor has answered questions based on someone’s surgery of interest, this is another great avenue to explore.

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons also has a review for its board certified plastic surgeons. This is another area worth perusing and learning more about a surgeon of interest and what past patients have said about him or her.

On this site which highlights a particular doctor, there is a direct link back to the board-certified plastic surgeon’s personal website.

A doctor’s website is an extension of their office. It affords a person with more knowledge about the procedure, more detailed information about the surgeon, patient testimonials, and more importantly, before and after photo galleries.

These patient photo galleries are incredibly helpful since they offer patients a view of a doctor’s surgical skill and the ability to see if there is a patient’s “before photo” that mirrors their own aesthetic situation.

Pushing on, do visit other doctor referral sites such as Health Grades and other notable ones for more knowledge. Also, referrals from family members, friends and family doctors are other great avenues.

Once a year San Diego Magazine lists Top Doctors in all fields of medicine, including plastic surgery. The list is compiled by votes by a doctor’s peers and conducted by the San Diego County Medical Society.

If locating a doctor with this type of honor is important, then do search this annual special edition online.

Other “Top Doctor” votes outside of San Diego can include the Castle Connolly Top Doctor List.

It is the consultation appointment, however, which really is the time to discover whether or not one is comfortable with the San Diego plastic surgeon. This is a special occasion where one can freely discuss their aesthetic goals and wishes and get to know the surgeon better. This is an opportunity to truly “interview” the surgeon and to make certain all questions are answered.

Plastic surgery should never be done in haste. After a consultation, there’s no need to book a surgery appointment. Take the time needed for thoughtful consideration.

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