Steps before plastic surgery

Deciding to have cosmetic surgery is a personal process, unique for every individual. Most people considering cosmetic surgery have been unhappy with some part of their physical appearance for quite some time. For some men and women the goal is to turn back the clock, others only hope to correct physical imperfections that have affected their self-esteem for years. And while it is true that “beauty is only skin deep,” for many people, cosmetic surgery can enhance self confidence and body image, strengthening their “inner beauty” as well.

While the decision to have cosmetic surgery is one you must make on your own, there is information that anyone considering an elective procedure should have. Once a person is armed with information, they know the questions to ask and the things to look for. This helps potential patients find a qualified, experienced physician with a safe and comfortable surgery center, while creating a foundation for realistic expectations regarding what will happen before and after your surgery including risks and any potential complications.

So you’re considering cosmetic surgery. While it may have taken a while to get this far, serious questions may be looming in your head: how do you find the right physician? How do you find the information you need? Who can you trust?


Finding the Right Surgeon

Do not be fooled: any physician can call themselves a cosmetic surgeon, but that does not mean that they are a board-certified plastic surgeon, that they specialize in plastic surgery or that they even have experience performing intricate plastic surgery procedures.  So, how can you know you are getting an experienced, knowledgeable and certified plastic surgeon?

       Look For Certification from Reputable Boards

In order to distinguish doctors with specific education and extensive plastic surgery experience, several boards and societies exist to help patients find the most qualified surgeon.

While certification from a reputable board can immediately tell you that a surgeon has met specific requirements, you should still ask any surgeon you are considering questions about:

  • Their Training. Learn where they went to medical school and performed their residency. Look for a surgeon who constantly expands their education and improves their skills, or one who has trained with other experts in their field.
  • Their Hospital Privileges.Where is the surgeon permitted to perform surgery? Your doctor’s hospital privileges let you know that he or she is in good standing with the local hospital and has met their requirements of conduct and training.
  • Their Memberships.Professional organizations and medical societies often have their own criteria for accepting physicians as well, such as ethical conduct, board certification, or specializations.

Your doctor should be proud of his or her schooling and will often prominently display diplomas, certifications and memberships. If you do not see any of these in the office, ask. And don’t be afraid to ask very specific questions. Most doctors enjoy sharing their accomplishments with their patients.


About Dr. ELMUSA,

Dr. ELMUSA has been practicing medicine for 15 years, focusing on cosmetic surgery for 11 years. A graduate from Jordan University Medical School in JORDAN, Dr. ELMUSA completed his General and Plastic surgery training with honors at American University of Beirut Medical Center, then went to Michigan, Miami, and dallas where he completed multiple fellowships in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He is a Board Certified plastic surgeon and member of local and international reputable plastic surgery societies.

Dr. ELMUSA is the owner and Medical Director of ELITE Advanced Surgical Aesthetics and Laser Center. He specializes in cosmetic plastic surgery and has been named one of Jordan’s Best Plastic Surgeons.

Throughout his career, Dr. ELMUSA has authored many dozen publications and given scores of presentations in national and international settings.

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