Just like when looking for Mr. Right, many are apprehensive in taking risks when it comes to matter of the heart; in this case, seeking Dr. Right could also be risky when it comes to your health.

For those who haven’t found the right plastic surgeon, particularly those undergoing surgery for the first time, the most crucial decision one has to make is putting yourself at the mercy of someone you don’t know so well. A lot of things are at stake with your surgery – health, money, appearance, self-confidence, and mental state among others. So it is imperative you have done your research well.

So, when you are not familiar with any surgeon, here are some tips that you can consider when searching for your very own Dr. Right:

Check board-certification

This is the best indicator that a surgeon has earned the necessary knowledge and training for his medical specialization.

Check affiliations

Affiliations in different hospitals and organizations can establish a surgeon’s expertise and other doctor’s respect for him. For example in checking out a plastic surgeon in the Philippines, you can turn to the Philippine Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (PAPRAS) which recognized by both the Philippine Medical Association and the Philippine College of Surgeons for competent practice and specialization.

Check facility accreditation

If your surgery is not to be performed in reputable hospital, you should find out if the surgicenter or office-based surgical facility has been declared safe for any procedure. Call the office beforehand and gather as much legal information as you can and confirm it with the governing agencies.

Check surgeon’s records and experience

Of course, you wouldn’t want to be connected with someone who has been proven to have done malpractice. Before and after pictures, testimonials, seminars attended, years of practice – these are important factors that determine a doctor’s is trustworthy and skilled. Also, you can check what he is best at; if he’s been known to have performed countless rhinoplasty surgeries, then it’s no doubt that your next nose job can be expertly done by him.

Check trustworthiness

Once you’ve done your research, it is safe to visit your surgeon for consultation. Based on this meeting, you can decide if he is someone you can “trust.” Take note of how knowledgeable he is, how he answers your questions and expectations, and how comfortable you are in his company. Bestowing to him the title as your best plastic surgeon depends on your rapport with each other.