Apples to Apples

One of the most popular phrases in my house is the “apples to apples” comparison. This is how we make smart decisions about what to buy, lease, or do. It is important to know exactly what each option offers you in the same terms. This is the way you should approach selecting a provider for a cosmetic or plastic surgery procedure.

It never ceases to amaze me when a patient who has had Smart Lipo or some other procedure done elsewhere is completely unaware that the provider is not a Board certified Plastic Surgeon. Many people are unaware that ANY licensed physician regardless of specialty can do whatever they wish in the office. Family Practitioners, OB/Gyns, ENTs, and Dermatologists all advertise these services in the NYC area and make no mention of the type of doctor they are. Some go even further to confuse, stating Board Certified Doctor, or call their practice Whatever Plastic Surgery. Apples to apples, always ask if they are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

Sometimes the experience is horrible because it is being done in an office under local anesthesia. Always ask if it is an Accredited Ambulatory Surgical Center, and if there will be a Board Certified Anesthesiologist present. Your life might depend on it.

Also, ask how many of your procedures the doctor has done in the last year, and if this is an area of expertise for him/her. Just because a doctor appears older, it does not always mean they have a lot of experience in a particular area. Also, ensure that the doctor you meet with is the same one doing your operation- no students, assistants or other doctors as sometimes happens.

Make sure you know what you are getting for your money, apples to apples. If so, many of you will end up at Yager Esthetics. How do you like them apples?