Choosing Your Surgeon

Below is some information about how to select a plastic surgeon that we hope will be helpful to you. If you ever have any questions please do not hesitate to call our office (615-327-0201). We will be happy to help you in any way that we can.

As with any surgery, the single most important factor in the success of cosmetic plastic surgery is the surgeon you select. You should not take this responsibility lightly. As a patient with any doctor, you should feel comfortable discussing your desires and expectations.

You also need to have the confidence that your surgeon’s answers are accurate and designed with your best interest at heart, even if it means that the recommendation is against the procedure in which you are interested. You should believe that your surgeon would rather turn your business away than risk your health and wellbeing on a cosmetic operation.  Remember, cosmetic surgery is elective surgery. Conduct your own research to verify the surgeon’s training and experience, then weigh your decision carefully.

Evaluating a Surgeon

There are a number of ways to evaluate which surgeon is best for you. Check for certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Don’t be confused by other official-sounding boards and certifications. The American Board of Plastic Surgery is the only board recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) to certify surgeons in plastic surgery, including cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. This is the only ABMS recognized board for cosmetic or facial surgery.

Remember – in most states, it is legal for any physician who holds a medical license, with or without surgical training to practice cosmetic or plastic surgery. This is why understanding board certification is so important for the person seeking cosmetic surgery.  Certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery means that the surgeon has completed medical school, has at least three years of training in an approved surgery residency and has completed an approved plastic surgery residency. In addition to this, the board certified plastic surgeon has passed through written and oral examinations given by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and has been in practice for at least two years.

Be certain you fully understand the procedure: where it will be performed, the expected recovery time and the real risks of the procedure. Although many procedures can be safely performed in an office setting, most procedures need to be performed in an approved operating room. The overall risk of cosmetic surgery is very low and most people are very happy with their results. Do not hesitate to ask questions. Above all, have confidence in your surgeon and your relationship with him.

Dr. Nein is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery. He is also an active member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is also a member of the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and the International Confederation of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons.

Please feel free to call our office at 615-327-0201 and ask to speak with one of our patient counselors about the procedure, costs and financing options