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The 3 R’s of Cosmetic Surgery in San Diego

Posted on December 23, 2013 by - Plastic Surgery


If you’re new to cosmetic surgery, you might find yourself confused about all the information you get on the Internet. While there are boundless success stories about men and women whose lives have immensely improved with cosmetic procedures, there are also some unfortunate plastic surgery tales that have made the headlines. Here at our San Diego plastic surgery practice, we understand how overwhelming online information can be. So here’s a quick guide to the 3Rs of cosmetic surgery for beginners!

Right Cosmetic Surgeon

The first R is to pick the right cosmetic surgeon for you.  This choice can be difficult because anyone can claim to be a doctor specializing in invasive and non-invasive cosmetic procedures.  This is why you must do your research. Apart from checking your surgeon’s experience and education, and asking if your surgeon is Cosmetic Surgery Fellowship Trained, it is also important to check for credentials, pending malpractice cases, and hospital privileges. Do not be afraid to ask about this type of information, as any cosmetic surgeon with nothing to hide will not hesitate in revealing everything that is associated with his or her profession.

Right Setting

After deciding on the right cosmetic surgeon, the next R is to find the right setting. It is important to make sure that the venue of your cosmetic procedure meets safety and sanitation standards. Hospital privileges are given to doctors after their skills, experience and staff are reviewed by resident doctors of said hospital.  In some hospitals there’s a committee that does the review.  Since outpatient surgery centers are also used for surgical procedures, you will want to make sure that the same safety and sanitation standards also apply.

Right Patient

Lastly, it is also important to make sure that you are the right patient for a particular procedure. Not everyone is an appropriate candidate for liposuction, breast augmentation, or even dermal fillers. Each procedure has its own set of qualifications.  A good plastic surgeon also makes sure that your general doctor clears you for surgery and provides you with a clean bill of health.

Cosmetic Surgery in San Diego

The Divino Plastic Surgery team, headed by Dr. Chacon, aims to help you achieve your cosmetic goals. Don’t be dissatisfied with your self-image any longer! Click here to request a consultation with Dr. Chacon at Divino Plastic Surgery today or call us at 858-633-7546. We look forward to hearing from you soon!