Over half a million men and women in the U.S. will undergo cosmetic surgery this year. Unfortunately, many will devote more time researching a planned new car purchase than finding a qualified plastic surgeon. We strongly recommend that you ask the following questions of your prospective surgeon before undergoing cosmetic or reconstructive surgery.
Are you Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery?
Fact: Many physicians performing cosmetic surgery are non-plastic surgeons. Many are gynecologists, dermatologists, and even dentists. Some have had little formal training in the performance of cosmetic surgery.
Dr. Friedman has been certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery since 1997. As the Former Chief of Plastic Surgery at Parkland Memorial Hospital and the Founder and Director of the West Plano Plastic Surgery Center, he is experienced and well-qualified in both cosmetic and reconstructive surgery.
Do you have an artistic background?
Fact: Most physicians have no background in artistry or sculpture.
Dr. Friedman is an experienced wood and marble sculptor whose work has been exhibited in several galleries and is part of many private collections. His artistic eye and background as a sculptor are integral to his practice of plastic surgery.
Do you have an academic background?
Fact: Most surgeons do not teach, lecture, or publish.
Prior to entering private practice in 1996, Dr. Friedman served as Assistant Professor of Plastic Surgery at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. He has numerous publications, national and international presentations, and radio and television interviews to his credit. He has written six book chapters as well as invited commentaries for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Plastic Surgery Outlook. He conducted Clinical Instructional Courses on behalf of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons for a decade, teaching surgical techniques to other plastic surgeons nationally.
Who performs the preoperative consultation?
Fact: Many surgeons perform only a cursory evaluation prior to surgery, instead referring you to a "cosmetic surgery coordinator" to answer your questions. If a surgeon does not have time to spend with you before surgery, do you think that he will take his time during surgery or spend time with you after surgery?
Dr. Friedman performs a preoperative evaluation and will personally address each of your questions and concerns. He will personally discuss your treatment options and the risks and benefits of any surgical procedure. He is never in a hurry before surgery—and he is never in a hurry during surgery.
Who performs the surgery?
Fact: Many surgeons rely on assistants to perform a portion of the procedure (such as closure of the incisions), as they divide their time and attention between patients in two different operating rooms.
Dr. Friedman personally performs each and every surgery from start to finish. His nationally-accredited facility, the West Plano Plastic Surgery Center, only has one operating room because he only operates on one patient at a time.
Who provides the anesthesia?
Fact: Most anesthesia for cosmetic surgery is provided by nurse anesthetists.
Dr. Friedman exclusively uses physician anesthesiologists for all surgical procedures. He believes that their specialized training and expertise enhance patient comfort and safety.
Who performs the postoperative follow-up visits?
Fact: Many surgeons are too busy to see their patients for routine postoperative visits. Instead, you will see a nurse or physician's assistant.
Dr. Friedman performs each and every visit following cosmetic surgery. He generally schedules regular postoperative visits for up to a year after surgery. He is available for additional visits to address any questions or concerns.
There are many decisions to make when choosing to undergo cosmetic surgery. Remember that your most important decision is the surgeon. Choose carefully.