When considering plastic surgery, determining if your surgeon is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) is a great first step.
The ASPS certifies that its members have achieved a high level of training and conduct their practices according to a strict code of ethics that ensures the maximum level of safety and results for all their patients. ASPS members:
Founded in 1931, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons is the largest plastic surgery affiliation in the world. All American Society of Plastic Surgeons members receive American Board of Plastic Surgery certification; this board is the only board dedicated to face and body plastic surgery. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons differs from other similar organizations in that it requires surgeons to undergo a specific period of specialized training.
Dr. John Smoot, Dr. Wendell Smoot, Dr. Reza Sadrian, and Dr. Carol Hollan cosmetic surgeons in the La Jolla, San Diego, California area, are all members of the ASPS.
Training and certification are important qualifications for your plastic surgeon. In addition, you should make sure that your plastic surgeon has experience in actual practice. There are many lessons that can be learned in the classroom, but only take hold through repeatedly performing plastic surgery procedures. Experience is measured not only in years in practice, but in numbers of procedures performed. Some surgeons will advertise a full spectrum of procedures but only be experienced in performing one or two. Make sure you ask about your doctor's experience in performing your procedure.
Each physician in our office has over 20 years of experience practicing plastic surgery, and we will be happy to discuss our experience during your consultation.
Hospital privileges are granted to surgeons who are judged to be trained and talented enough that the hospital allows them to operate in their theaters. It is not only a sign of respect, but can be important if complications should arise at an ambulatory surgical center or a clinic that necessitate transfer to a hospital. Hospital privileges ensure that your cosmetic surgeon can maintain continuity and makes sure that no critical information is lost in changing over to another doctor.
Proceed with Caution
Plastic surgery's popularity is on the rise, and the medical community is seeking to address this escalating need. Any physician with a license to practice medicine can label himself or herself a cosmetic surgeon. As such, it is more important than ever to take a serious look at the credentials of any practitioner you are considering.
Breast enhancement, liposuction, and facelifts are some of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures available today. Plastic surgeries such as breast reconstruction or reduction can improve quality of life by positively impacting the way a woman feels about herself. Reconstructive procedures restore function in cases where disease, accident or disfigurement has compromised the patient's capabilities. Men, too, can benefit. Increasingly popular surgeries include pectoral implants, breast reduction, hair transplants, liposuction, and more.
If you are in the market for a qualified cosmetic surgeon, please contact the offices of Dr. John Smoot, Dr. Wendell Smoot, Dr. Reza Sadrian, and Dr. Carol Hollan to schedule a plastic surgery consultation; our doctors can help you determine what approach is right for you. Please take a moment to also review our financing options for your plastic surgery.
Wendell Smoot, M.D.
John Smoot, M.D.
Reza Sadrian, M.D.
Carol Hollan, M.D.
9850 Genesee Ave. #300, #380
La Jolla, CA 92037
Phone No: (858) 587-9850
Fax: (858) 622-2066
If you live near La Jolla or elsewhere in San Diego and would like to learn more about abdominoplasty or liposuction, contact our practice today.