Body contouring is a specialised type of plastic surgery that employs many different techniques and procedures to sculpt a more aesthetically pleasing body profile. Because these surgeries often involve larger incisions and more complex surgical procedures than other treatments, it is important to choose a surgeon experienced in this type of surgery. We have five tips to help you choose the best surgeon for your body contouring procedure.
Plastic versus Cosmetic Surgeon
First, it is important to select a plastic surgeon for your procedure, rather than a cosmetic surgeon. Any physician in Australia can call themselves a cosmetic surgeon and perform cosmetic procedures. However, a plastic surgeon has undergone more rigorous training in the specific field of plastic surgery, which ensures the highest possible training for your procedure.
Look for qualifications that indicate your surgeon is highly trained and committed to the highest standards of plastic surgery in Australia. Membership into notable organisations like the Australian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS) and the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) should be a must. These memberships indicate the surgeon has been through sufficient training to be certified by the Royal Australian College of Surgeons.
In addition to qualifications, you want to find a surgeon that is experienced in the specific procedure you are looking for. Don’t be afraid to ask the surgeon how many of these procedures he has performed, and inquire about before and after photos of previous patients. If your surgeon is unwilling to provide this type of information, look for another doctor for your procedure.
You can also check state and territory boards to verify the surgeon you choose is appropriately licensed and the current status of that license. Status reports can typically be requested by postal mail or on the phone. Some will offer license verification only, while others may include complaints or malpractice judgments rendered against the surgeon.
When you are satisfied with the qualifications and experience of the surgeon you choose, it is also important to assess the doctor’s bedside manner. Look for a surgeon that is willing to listen to your concerns and answer your questions. Make sure you are comfortable with not just the surgeon, but the entire office staff that you will be in contact with throughout the course of your procedure.
Dr Morris Ritz understands the importance of choosing a qualified, experienced surgeon for your body contouring procedure. He has memberships and other qualifications posted on his website so that prospective patients can see his credentials before scheduling their first appointment. He also specialises in body contouring procedures, which means he spends a good portion of his operating time performing these procedure. To learn more about Dr Ritz, or to schedule a personal consultation, contact his office at Melbourne Institute of Plastic Surgery at 03 8692 5566.