Looking for a Board-Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon? Here’s How To Choose

Deciding to undergo facial plastic surgery is a significant and often life-changing decision. Whether you’re considering a facelift, rhinoplasty, or any other facial enhancement procedure, choosing a plastic surgeon who specializes in the delicate region of the face is crucial to achieving the desired results.

In this guide, we’ll explore essential factors to consider when selecting the best board-certified facial plastic surgeon for you.

How To Choose a Plastic Surgeon Who Fits Your Needs

Feeling a bit overwhelmed is normal if you’re beginning your search for a facial plastic surgeon from scratch. When choosing a surgeon, you have several options in the Orlando, FL, area. We encourage you to use the following information as you narrow your choices.

Board Certification and Credentials

What does it mean when surgeons call themselves board-certified? That’s a great question. Board certification indicates that the surgeon has completed rigorous training in their field and has met specific standards. Plastic surgeons who don’t specialize in facial procedures are typically certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS).

The best plastic surgeons who focus exclusively on the face are certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. ABFPRS certification is the definitive sign of a qualified specialist in facial plastic surgery.

Experience and Specialization

Once you’ve identified several board-certified facial plastic surgeons as potential choices, it’s time to consider the surgeon’s experience and specialization. Different facial plastic surgeons may have varying levels of expertise in specific procedures. Look for a surgeon specializing in the type of surgery you’re considering.

This is especially true if you’re considering rhinoplasty, which is probably the most complicated procedure performed by plastic surgeons. I consistently perform more than 100 rhinoplasty procedures every year. To learn more about the different types of rhinoplasty surgeries I offer, please read this recent blog post.

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Before-and-After Photos

Reviewing a surgeon’s gallery of before-and-after photos is an excellent way to assess their skill and what they consider their best results. Reputable surgeons usually showcase their work on websites and during consultations. Try to find photos of patients with facial features or concerns similar to yours. This will give you a realistic expectation of the surgeon’s capabilities and whether their aesthetic sense aligns with your desired outcome.

Patient Reviews and Testimonials

You probably use online reviews before choosing a new restaurant, hair stylist, or any other service. What’s more important than your health and appearance? Reviews from a surgeon’s previous patients posted on reputable online platforms can provide valuable insight into their overall experience with a surgeon’s practice. Look for patterns in the feedback, paying attention to factors like communication, bedside manner, and postoperative care.


People considering facial plastic surgery may be reluctant to share their plans with friends, co-workers, or even family members. If you have a trusted confidant who has either undergone plastic surgery or knows someone who did, ask about their surgeon. The medical community is relatively tight-knit, and other doctors and nurses often have inside knowledge about who are considered the best facial plastic surgeons in the area.

Consultation Experience

Okay, you’ve narrowed down the options even more. Now, it’s time to schedule consultations to get a feel for their practice and establish a personal connection with the surgeon. During the consultation, pay attention to the surgeon’s communication style, their ability to explain the procedure thoroughly, and if you feel like they’re trying to “sell” you on procedures you don’t want.

Effective and honest communication is vital to a successful surgeon-patient relationship. The intangibles matter! Choose a facial plastic surgeon who makes you feel comfortable, listens to your concerns, and provides clear, honest, and realistic expectations. Feeling at ease with your surgeon fosters trust and ensures a smoother surgical journey.

Facility Accreditation

The surgical facility’s accreditation is crucial when choosing a facial plastic surgeon. Verify that the facility where the surgery will occur is accredited by recognized organizations, such as QUAD A (formerly, the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF)). Accreditation ensures that the facility adheres to stringent safety and quality standards.

After weighing all of the above factors, trusting your gut is important when choosing a facial plastic surgeon. Take your time to research and consult with multiple surgeons to find the one that aligns with your goals and values. You can request a consultation with me at Primera Plastic Surgery by using the online form or by calling our Orlando practice at (407) 333-3040 to schedule an appointment.

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