Choosing a Qualified Plastic Surgeon By Carmel Cosmetic and Plastic Surgeons on October 04, 2019

It can feel a bit overwhelming when you begin your search for a qualified plastic surgeon who you can trust to perform your procedure of choice.

Many of us may start with our "go to" method of finding answers these days.....the internet. However, you should be aware that undertaking a Google search of suggested terms like "top plastic surgeons near me" or "best plastic surgeon" can yield many results.  The real problem that remains is how are you to choose from the many surgeons listed in your search results?

Having a checklist with a solid set of criteria can be a good way to start your search for your plastic surgeon.


  • Board Certification

Look for plastic surgeons with board certification by accredited governing bodies. You will most definitely want a surgeon who is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery which is the only plastic surgery board recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties.

  • Good Reviews & Ratings

Although wading through the waters of various reviews and reviewers can be treacherous, credible plastic surgeons will have consistently high ratings and good testamonials from their previous patients.  Hearing about the experiences of former patients can give you a deeper understanding of what others liked or disliked about their approach and patient care.

  • Thorough Consultations

Your plastic surgeon should offer a consultation that is comprehensive in nature. The consult should factor in your aesthetic goals, unique anatomy, medical history and lifestyle. You will want a surgeon who takes the time to truly understand your treatment needs and who can speak honestly about realistic expectations and can help you anticipate the recovery experience.  Once you meet and discuss your goals with your surgeon, your plastic surgeon should develop a tailored treatment plan for you. Remember, it is not always necessary to connect with your plastic surgeon on a personal level, but it can make the entire experience a bit more comfortable.

  • Proven Results

Plastic surgeons should have relevant experience and be able to show you actual, real-life results. Ask your surgeon to see before and after photos of their work.

  • Strict Safety Standards

A good plastic surgeon will also meet stringent and rigorous patient safety standards. Membership in professional organizations like the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) indicates the surgeon has maintained a proper and high level of medical education, including in patient safety.  Additionally, surgeons who perform plastic surgery in accredited or state-licensed facilities ensure they meet the highest standards of patient safety.

  • Finding the Right Fit

We hope we can help you find the right fit for your needs.  Contact us to schedule a consultation. Carmel Cosmetic and Plastic Surgeons provides a supportive environment in which you can feel at ease to discuss your goals.  Our physicians, Dr. Elizabeth Grasee and Dr. Debra Bergman will educate you on your chosen procedure, evaluate your case, and help you decide the best course of action to achieve your desired outcome. We are committed to guiding you towards a solution that aligns with your personal preferences.

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At Carmel Cosmetic & Plastic Surgeons, we are dedicated to excellence. We belong to several prestigious organizations, including:

  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • American Board of Plastic Surgery
  • American Board of Surgery
  • Fellow of the American College of Surgeons

To schedule your consultation, contact us online or call us at (317) 581-0001.

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