What is the best way to find a cosmetic surgery specialist who has a lot of proven experience and is a good fit for me?
"Before I answer this, I cannot stress enough the importance of doing your homework before undergoing any procedure," says Robert M. Schwarcz, M.D., a leading facial cosmetic and reconstructive surgeon in New York City. "Visit at least three doctors for second opinions and make sure to ask to review the doctor's work. Reputable doctors have before-and-after photos, which provide great insight into their work. Do not go by advertisements or fancy marketing. A specialist will be known in the field and likely in the community. It is also helpful to ask trusted doctors for referrals. Finally, there are many known organizations, including the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic Surgeons, the American Society of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, all which serve as resources for finding specialized and qualified cosmetic surgeons."