Checklist for Finding Your Perfect Plastic Surgeon By Carmel Cosmetic and Plastic Surgeons on August 16, 2023

Having a solid set of minimum criteria can be an immense help for patients to find the plastic surgeon that is best for them. The following checklist can offer a good starting point in vetting potential plastic surgeons. Here at Carmel Cosmetic & Plastic Surgeons, you will find that Dr Grasee and Dr Bergman check off all the boxes!!

Plastic Surgeon Checklist:


Board Certification Credentials

At a minimum, look for plastic surgeons with board certification by accredited governing bodies. In the realm of plastic surgery, you'll 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. Both Dr Grasee and Dr Bergman are board certified by the Americaln Board of Plastic Surgery.


Plastic surgeons should also have relevant experience and be able to show prospective patients actual, real-life results. Ask your plastic surgeon to see before and after photos of her work. View our photo gallery.

Great Ratings and Reviews by Prior Patients

In addition to seeing before and after photos, hearing about the experiences of former patients before you decide on your plastic surgeon can give you a deeper understanding of what others liked or disliked about her approach and patient care. Credible plastic surgeons will have consistent and recent high ratings and good reviews from their patients. Check out our Google rating.

Strict Adherence to 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 patient safety. Both our surgeons are proud members of the ASPS.

Access to Accredited Surgical Facilities

Surgeons who perform plastic surgery in accredited or state-licensed facilities ensure they meet the highest standards of patient safety. These facilities are regularly inspected to ensure they are exceptionally maintained for surgical procedures. The surgery center we take our patients to, Carmel Ambulatory Surgery Center, is fully licensed by the State Department of Health in Indiana, certified by Medicare and accredited by the AAAHC (Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care).

Thorough Patient Consultations

Plastic surgeons should always offer a consultation that is comprehensive in nature. The consult should factor in a patient's aesthetic goals, unique anatomy, medical history and lifestyle. Patients will want a surgeon who takes the time to truly understand his or her treatment needs and who can speak honestly to realistic expectations and can help anticipate (and plan for) the recovery experience. Read here about our patient consutations.

Custom, Tailored Treatments

Once a surgeon and patient meet and discuss very openly and honestly the patient's goals and unique situation, the plastic surgeon should craft a tailored and appropriate treatment plan, unique to that patient. Finding a surgeon who will customize your treatment can give you a better chance of reaching your aesthetic goals.

Good Personal Rapport

It's not always necessary to connect with your plastic surgeon on a personal level, but it can make the entire experience and journey much more open and comfortable.

Finding a qualified plastic surgeon can be made much easier with the help of a solid set of minimum criteria, professional standards, and personal preferences. Contact us today.

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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

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