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Choosing a plastic surgeon is one of the most important aspects of undergoing surgery. Although the process can be intimidating, it is vital to choose a qualified plastic surgeon that is capable of providing you safe, personalized care. But how can you be certain which surgeons are better than others? There are several factors to consider when choosing a plastic surgeon.  The most important when considering plastic surgery is not all board certifications are equal.  Make sure that your plastic surgeon is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS).  No other Board trains and prepares a plastic surgeon as well.

The main objective of an initial consultation is to not only make sure that you are comfortable with the demeanor of the doctor, but to feel confident the surgeon is capable of meeting your needs. Upon consultation, your doctor should sit with you and discuss the surgical procedure(s) you’re interested in. Together, you can decide whether or not you are a good candidate for the procedure, and how it will benefit your appearance.

A qualified doctor should have no problem answering any of your questions, which may also include concerns regarding his or her education, training, and experience. First you must understand that you can’t trust just any board certified doctor.  Unfortunately today, most board certified cosmetic surgeons are trained in specialties other than plastic surgery and have a very limited experience. These include ob-gyn, general surgery, and ENT.  I have even seen severe complications caused by a dentist (DDS) performing breast augmentation and family doctors trying to do facelifts!  It is not against Arizona law, but it is appalling.  In general, patients can feel reassured that they will have a safe surgical experience and receive optimal results from a surgeon who is certified by the ABPS.

If you have any questions about Dr. Hiatt’s board certifications, education, and experience, we encourage you to call us today. He specializes in a vast range of face, breast, and body procedures. You may reach the office of Dr. Hiatt by calling (480) 844-1410.