A second article by Mr. Payton Griffin. Listen to this smart man.

When you look in the mirror there is something in your image that always catches your notice. In your mind’s eye you see exactly how a small adjustment would make a large difference; a difference that will give you your true face or physique. You make the first important decision – to have the work done, but now you must make the second.

Who should do it? How do you pick the perfect surgeon?

You are reading this blog so you already know that it takes more than cracking open the yellow pages and making an appointment over the phone.

You might have a friend, acquaintance or work colleague that has had the procedure that interests you. Ask them about it and the doctor who performed the work. Fortunately cosmetic surgery today is a widely used tool in a beauty routine and people are usually very open to discuss their surgeon and his work.

There are also useful web sites for reviewing doctors by specialty, for example  The Society for aesthetic plastic surgery web site or The american Society for Plastic Surgery web site.

(Please remember that while the internet is a good research tool, it is your doctor who will have the training and experience to determine the best course of action.)

As you start to compile a list, you should make appointments. Any good doctor will provide time for you to talk to him about what you want to achieve and which procedures he would use.

In your conversation you should ascertain the doctor’ education, qualifications and professional associations. Find out what she has done to keep current with new procedures.

A good doctor will have a gallery of before and after pictures showing you the scope of his work. Ask if this truly represents the range of possible results. A good doctor will be candid about what you can expect.

You should also ask about financing, you may be able to do more than you imagined.

Most importantly ask yourself how comfortable you feel with the doctor.

Was he empathetic – did he listen to you and understand your needs and concerns? Was she sympathetic – did she really care about your fears and anxieties? Was the doctor realistic – did he outline the length and nature of your recovery?

Look around his office and surgery. Is it clean and well lit? Are the staff professional, friendly, well dressed? Are the magazines current? A good doctor will care about their practice.

by Payton Griffin

Mr. Griffin is an old Etonian friend of mine with a lifetime’s experience and wisdom in just over half of one.

Morad Tavallali, M.D., FACS

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