Your Safety Standards Checklist for Choosing a Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Parker and the OR team attending to a patient

When choosing a plastic surgeon for a cosmetic procedure, patients mainly focus on getting amazing results with minimum recovery time. However, your safety and peace of mind during the process are equally important. At Parker Center for Plastic Surgery, we provide a culture of plastic surgery safety for patients from Paramus, NJ, and surrounding areas.

As you’re reviewing plastic surgery centers for a cosmetic procedure, you should thoroughly research four components: the plastic surgeon, your anesthesia provider, the surgical staff, and the surgical facility.

Choosing Your Plastic Surgeon

As with any partnership, you should enjoy a high degree of trust and open communication with your plastic surgeon. This foundation of trust will be built by the surgeon’s certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS), years of practice relevant to your procedure, and the number of surgeries performed daily. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the ABPS has a rigorous qualification, examination, and recertification process that ensures your plastic surgeon is qualified and accomplished in their field.

A board-certified plastic surgeon can give you amazing long-term results, while a procedure performed by an inexperienced surgeon might lead to unsatisfactory results, related health issues, and unnecessary costs. Dr. Parker has extensive experience in his field, has performed over 35,000 surgeries, and is board certified.   

The Anesthesiologist

The anesthesiologist, who works alongside your plastic surgeon, plays an integral role in your procedure and recovery process. As with your plastic surgeon, your anesthesiologist should be board certified, skilled in the latest techniques, and highly experienced. Administering anesthesia is a serious process, and you should be fully comfortable with the methods employed by the anesthesiologist before and after your procedure.

At Parker Center for Plastic Surgery, our anesthesiologist and Dr. Parker are committed to a rapid recovery process after surgery with minimum aftereffects.

The Surgery Team

Other medical staff, such as registered nurses and surgical technicians, should be well-credentialed with extensive experience working beside the plastic surgeon on relevant procedures. All interactions with the medical staff should be comfortable and positive for you before, during, and after your surgery.

The Surgery Facility

Your surgeon should perform your cosmetic procedure in a surgery center that duplicates the safety of a hospital and offers state-of-the-art equipment. An important factor is whether the plastic surgeon has an AAAASF-accredited on-site surgery center. AAAASF accreditation holds outpatient and office-based facilities to hospital standards and maintains rigorous requirements for a clean and safe operating environment. Additionally, the surgical environment should be prepped for any contingencies that may arise, including if a patient needs to be transported to a hospital. At Parker Center for Plastic Surgery, a registered nurse is available 24 hours for your post-operative care, if necessary.

Your safety, comfort level, and peace of mind are essential components of a successful cosmetic procedure. Ensuring that your plastic surgeon and medical staff are well-credentialed and the surgery facility is AAAASF-accredited should be key steps in your journey. Dr. Parker is a board-certified plastic surgeon in the Paramus, NJ, area and can help you achieve excellent results with safety and care. To learn more about our safe and effective cosmetic procedures, please request a consultation or call us at  (201) 967-1212 to schedule an appointment.

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