When choosing a plastic surgeon to perform your Mommy Makeover procedures, you should be sure to research the doctor’s qualifications and medical record.
Questions to Ask your Plastic Surgeon
- How many mommy makeover procedures have you performed?
- Can I see before and after photos of various mommy makeover procedures, including liposuction, tummy tuck, labiaplasty, Femilift, breast augmentation, or Brazilian butt lift surgeries?
- Are you a board certified plastic surgeon? Who have you been certified by?
- Do you have the hospital privileges to perform this procedure?
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You can research more about your doctor at: the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and the California Medical Board. ASPS is a fantastic resource to find more information about general plastic surgery, specialized procedures, and statistics.
The American Board of Medical Specialists (ABMS) is dedicated to the overview of sub-specialty boards. While over 100 boards were submitted to the ABMS for approval, due to the strict criteria for education and examination, only 24 boards have currently been approved. ABMS is the only board that has traditionally supervised the training and certification of cosmetic and reconstructive surgeons.
You may contact the ABMS at 1-800-776-2378 if you wish to find out if your surgeon is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Please exercise caution when you see “Board Certified” after a MD’s name. Some boards use less strict criteria for certification or require only a fee.
Some boards that have NOT been approved by the ABMS include:
- Facial Plastic Surgery/ Cosmetic Surgeon
- Facial Cosmetic Surgery/ Ophthalmic Plastic Surgery
- Aesthetic Plastic Surgery/ Plastic Esthetic Surgery
- Cosmetic Plastic Surgery/ Dermatological Surgery
During procedures that require you to be heavily sedated or have general anesthesia, your life rests in the hands of the person who is administering the anesthesia and monitoring your vital signs. You need to know the qualifications of the person assuming that responsibility. The training received by a technician can range from specialization after earning a medical degree (anesthesiologists), to less training of specialization after nursing training (nurse anesthetists), and finally to nursing training only.
The strong recommendation is that you use Board-Certified anesthesiologists and certified nurse anesthetists for any general anesthesia or monitored anesthesia care. Make sure to choose professionals that actively practice at a hospital because their skills will be most prominent in the event of an emergency.
Evaluating a Surgery Center for you Mommy Makeover
A major key to satisfying care relates to the quality of systems that have been implanted to insure your safety during and after surgery. All recovery and operating rooms should be equipped to match hospital standards. Registered nurses certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support are there for their patients throughout the duration of their stay in our recovery room.
Be sure to look for a surgical center that is recognized by the Institute of Medical Quality Ambulatory Program (a subsidiary of the California Medical Association) in both the areas of an outpatient surgery center and an ambulatory care facility, which both require rigorous national standards to be met.
Our center is completely dedicated to excellence, both medical and surgical. We pride ourselves on offering comprehensive surgery services, a highly experienced medical staff, excellent design and location, and our selection of high-quality equipment. All of our medical and surgical processes are constantly updated in order to ensure that every patient’s surgical experience is its best with the best possible comfort, safety, and well-being.
In order to accommodate patients who may prefer a hospital setting, Dr. Usha Rajagopal holds the privileges to perform surgical procedures at both the California Pacific Medical Center and St. Luke’s Hospital in San Francisco.