Be Smart When Choosing a Plastic Surgeon


Media coverage and exposure can be a huge asset to any practice – but as a consumer, it shouldn’t be the only factor when choosing a plastic surgeon for aesthetic procedures. Flash sales, Groupons, billboards swathed with “before and after,” and ads featuring scantily clad women showing off their new implants on the bus next to you at a stoplight shouldn’t convince you to go to an under qualified office. There are many other factors that should go into making a decision that could affect you for many years to come.

1. Certification
Make sure your plastic surgeon is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Any type of medical doctor can legally perform aesthetic procedures, but you wouldn’t want your gynecologist to give you a nose job or your psychiatrist to perform a tummy tuck. The plastic surgery certification is the only one that requires a doctor to have 2-3 years of training specifically in plastic surgery in addition to their training in general surgery. These doctors are as specialized in the field as you can get, which is why you want them. You can check our Dr. Baroody on the board’s website at!

2. Experience
This should be a huge factor in your decision making process, as you’re choosing someone to enhance the way you look… not change the oil in your car. Make sure the doctor you’re considering has extensive experience (or even specializes) in the procedure you’re inquiring about. Find out how long the doctor has been performing this procedure and how many times he/she has done so. Read more about Dr. Baroody’s experience here!

3. Evaluation
Yep, you’re there to determine if this is the right person for YOU (not just anyone). Therefore, it’s important to examine the pictures of other patients who’ve gone before you. Look for people with similar structure to yours and see how they were transformed and most importantly, make sure you like the outcome. Surgeons tend to have a certain style, so it should align with what you’re looking for in terms of an end result. Visit Dr. Baroody’s before and after pictures here!

4. Accreditation 
Your safety during any procedure can be compromised if your surgeon does not work in an accredited facility with an experienced anesthesia provider. Find out where the procedure will be performed and the level of accreditation the facility has. Dr. Baroody operates at Ridgefield Surgery Center and New Milford Hospital.

5. Comfortability
Of course, you need to be comfortable with your doctor and feel confident in his/her abilities. You should feel secure discussing any concerns with your doctor. If you feel something is off or you’re not sure that you and your surgeon are on the same page, it’s time to look further.

6. Affiliation
Most plastic surgeons are members of specific associations. Look for one that is a member of The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). Dr. Baroody is a member of ASAPS, which is by invitation only. In order to be considered for membership to this elite non-profit organization, surgeons must not only be certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, but they must also have significant experience in the field of aesthetic plastic surgery. They must also operate in accredited, state-licensed or Medicare-certified facilities and are required to follow a specific Code of Ethics of the practice of their craft.

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Information above collected by Smart Beauty Guide


  1. John says

    I agree with the article that experience should be a huge factor in the decision making process of what cosmetic surgeon to go with. It sates that you should make sure the doctor you’re considering has experience or specialty in the procedure you’d like done. I know I’d feel much more comfortable working with a cosmetic surgeon that is not only qualified but experienced in the procedure I’d like performed.

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