There are a lot of things to consider when you’re choosing a plastic surgeon. Does the surgeon perform the procedure you’re interested in? Is the surgeon board-certified? How many years have they been practicing? Do you like the results you see in their before & after photos? Reading a surgeon’s CV (curriculum vitae, or professional résumé) can give you a lot of the information you need. And, while you’re reviewing the CV, there’s something else you might want to take a look at: their list of publications – or lack thereof.
If your surgeon has published multiple articles, abstracts, and book chapters, here’s what it could mean:
- The surgeon is committed to research and the advancement of quality care.
- They are passionate about and involved in their field.
- Their work was appropriate for publication in substantive medical journals or textbooks, which indicates a certain level of education and skill.
I believe that my publications as a Phoenix area plastic surgeon do tell prospective patients a lot about me. It’s why I encourage every patient to thoroughly examine my credentials – because, if they’re confident that I’m the best surgeon for them, they’ll be more receptive to suggestions during the consultation and better prepared for surgery.