Whether lifting sagging facial tissues for a rejuvenated look or lifting the breasts for a perky, youthful shape, plastic surgery can improve your appearance and greatly increase your confidence. However, when it comes to making changes to your appearance, you wouldn’t want just anyone altering your face or body. Plastic surgery can make a range of changes from subtle to dramatic, but it takes a qualified surgeon with training and experience to produce the best results. We’ve all heard horror stories of people who, after plastic surgery, look completely different and fake or end up with complications. To ensure this doesn’t happen to you and that you safely achieve the results you desire, it is important to carefully choose a surgeon with the following qualifications:
Training in Plastic Surgery → Certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS)
In order for a doctor to adequately evaluate your needs, choose the best surgical techniques, deal with potential complications, and ensure your safety, it is imperative that he or she has received specific training in plastic surgery. Unfortunately, any licensed medical doctor is legally able to call himself or herself a cosmetic surgeon and perform cosmetic surgery. This means that a physician who has received training in any medical specialty, such as pediatrics, dermatology, or even gynecology, is allowed to perform cosmetic surgery with patient consent. To be sure your surgeon has completed at least five years of approved surgical training and a residency in plastic surgery, confirm that he or she is certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS).
Patient Safety → Member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) is dedicated to the advanced quality care of plastic surgery patients, and this society encourages high standards of training, ethics, practice, and research in plastic surgery. Members of the ASPS are also required to operate in accredited surgical facilities with equipment and staff that have passed extensive reviews.
Knowledge of Aesthetics → Member of The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS)
Plastic surgery is both an art and a skill, and people without specific training and experience in cosmetic plastic surgery may not produce the most aesthetically pleasing results. Members of The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) are all plastic surgeons who specialize in cosmetic surgery.
The Best Results → Experience Performing Your Procedure
A surgeon who meets all of the previous qualifications likely has the necessary experience to perform a safe and effective procedure, but to ensure that you get the best results, make sure your surgeon is experienced in performing the specific procedure you desire. Someone with experience and a proven record of success with a particular procedure will be able to evaluate your needs, recommend the best options for the procedure based on your individual circumstances, and execute the procedure the most effectively.
Plastic Surgery in Santa Barbara → Dr. Handel
Dr. Neal Handel is board certified by the ABPS, is a member of the ASPS and ASAPS, and has over 35 years of experience in plastic surgery. He performs all of his surgeries at the Coast Presidio Surgical Center, which is certified by the Institute of Medical Quality (IMQ) to ensure the highest quality of medical care. Dr. Handel only works with licensed, board-certified anesthesiologists to provide first-rate patient safety, and he and his staff are committed to supporting their patients along every step of the process.
If you are considering plastic surgery in the Santa Barbara area, please call (805) 682-9100 or fill out our online contact form. Dr. Handel and his highly trained professional staff look forward to providing you with unsurpassed quality care and comfort. Offices in Santa Barbara, CA.