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Anti-aging Cosmetic Surgery: Patient Reflection Eye Nipntuck, Facelift

May 16th, 2012

Yvette writes about her experience (and being a youthful Mother of the Groom):

Just like some of the other guest bloggers, a large part of my initial decision to go with Dr.Bashioum was having the option to use IV sedation available to me instead of general anesthesia. In addition to this, a few of Dr. Bashioum’s staff members were also previous patients of his also had the same surgery I was considering–blepharoplasty  or eyelid surgery. It says a lot about a doctor when the staff consists of satisfied patients. Dr. Bashioum also had the “decades” of experience that I was looking for in a surgeon.

The whole experience from consultation to final result was really great. I was treated respectfully, professionally, and compassionately at every step in the process and by every staff member I encountered. I was surprised and pleased by all the complimentary after care as well–I was even given Dr. Bashioum’s home phone number! The experience was so good that I got braver and returned the following year (2011) for a facelift. Once again the whole plastic surgery experience was fantastic.

My son got married this year and all of the out-of-state family members that I hadn’t seen in years, kept saying how I looked the same age as my cousins who are several years younger than I am. I am very happy I did this for myself, and very pleased with the Bashioum Cosmetic Surgery Center.

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Patient Satisfaction

January 26th, 2010

What cosmetic surgeries rated highest in patient satisfaction?

RealSelf.com has published a list of cosmetic procedures ranked on whether patients think having a particular procedure was worth it, based on patients answering their survey question, Was your cosmetic surgery or treatment worth it?

While the ranking of patient satisfaction for various cosmetic surgery procedures is debatable, I find that there are definitely favorites.   For my own practice, breast enlargement and liposuction patients seem to be quite pleased with their decision to have cosmetic surgery.  The survey came up with different conclusions.   Maybe the ranking by RealSelf.com merely represents overall patient satisfaction, without taking into account the quality or training of the physician or technician performing the surgery or treatment.

According to the survey, the top two procedures, tummy tucks and breast reductions are rated at the top.   They are almost always done by board certified plastic surgeons.   The bottom two procedures, Veloshape and mesotherapy, are almost never done by board certified plastic surgeons.   As you move from top to bottom on this list, the percentage of each procedure done by board certified plastic surgeons becomes less and less.   For instance, tumescent liposuction, Smart Lipo, liposculpture, liposuction and Vaser lipo, are all done by board certified plastic surgeons, as well as general surgeons, dermatologists, head and neck surgeons (otorhinolaryngologists), family doctors, and gynecologists.   In fact you can probably get some type of liposuction done by any medical or surgical subspecialist.   Obviously, the medical training in such a wide spectrum of surgical providers can be extremely variable.   The survey overlooked this important factor.

My own bias concludes that training is paramount when choosing a physician. Plastic surgery residency is intensely focused on aesthetics of the body and face and the sculptural aspects of surgery.   In addition, the medical students who are most often drawn to a plastic surgery residency have both an aptitude and intense interest in the artistic aspects of surgery.   Therefore, I believe that a key factor in patient satisfaction is to understand the qualifications of the person doing your surgery or treatment.  However, as with all physicians, plastic surgeons do have dissatisfied patients, a fact of life in the practice of medicine in general.   Choose wisely.

 

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