PURE Facial Plastics was founded by Dr. Briggs E. Cook, a board-certified surgeon that specializes in eye and facial plastic surgery procedures. After graduating Summa Cum Laude from Duke University, Dr. Cook earned his M.D. at John Hopkins University of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland, completed his residency in ophthalmology at the Mayo Clinic, and his Fellowship in eye and facial surgery at the University of Madison in Wisconsin. Dr. Cook is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Medical Association, and the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery and has authored numerous published works in the fields of oculoplastic and cosmetic surgery, surgical enhancements and surgical procedure. Here is his quick guide to selecting the best plastic surgeon for you.
Knowing the Right Questions to Ask is Vital
Hiring a surgeon for enhancements or reconstructive surgery is a very important decision that must be made only after performing the appropriate amount of due diligence. The heaviest considerations should be in the areas of the surgeon’s qualifications, credentials and experience level, referrals from previous patients, associated costs and the facilities where the procedures will be performed.
Word Of Mouth Referrals Are the Most Trusted
Referrals from family and friends are proven to be the best, most honest source of information when screening plastic surgeons. It is important to speak to people whom you trust, and who have worked with plastic surgeons in the past. Ask them about their experience, the facility, the procedure and the post-op care they received. Was the final result everything they were promised it would be? Unlike calling the doctor’s offices one-by-one, your circle of friends will give you honest, unbiased answers to your questions rather than making excuses or sugar-coating their answers.
Specializations, Credentials and Qualifications Matter
They say the most important factor in getting a job done right is having the right tools for the job, plastic surgery is no exception. For example, you wouldn’t want someone who specializes in and knows the benefits of colon hydrotherapy working on your face. When you are looking for an eye or facial surgeon be sure that the staff are capable and highly-trained in that particular field of study. Dr. Briggs E. Cook Jr. has laser-focused his expertise in the field of ocular and facial surgery and reconstruction in an effort to become the most experienced in his field. He has personally made invaluable contributions to his specific science in the form of published medical journals and improvements in surgical procedures.
You Get What You Pay For
While the cost of a surgical procedure is certainly a relevant point, it should never be the deciding factor when considering a surgeon or medical practice. While there may be cheaper alternatives on the market for the procedure you are considering, the patient must ask themselves what the doctor is sacrificing in order to cut the costs. It is not cheap to train staff, sterilize tools, obtain state-of-the-art imaging equipment, and operate a professional medical practice; the doctor who doesn’t charge even market price is clearly skipping some step or other and the patient should be wary of going under the knife there.
Online Reviews Are Great Sources of Information
Lastly, in your search for a reputable, qualified plastic surgeon be sure to spend some time reading reviews posted online. Sites like Vitals.com are excellent sources of date from actual previous patients and you can learn a lot about the doctor, the support staff, methodology, and follow up care post operation. Don’t base your decision solely on these comments but use them as another tool in your formidable arsenal.