Choosing A Facial Plastic Surgeon

Selecting a surgeon is the most important decision you will make when pursuing facial cosmetic procedures. Whether you are looking for a non-invasive, ‘no downtime’ solution to rejuvenate your face, or a surgical procedure, the surgeon, their training, and their philosophy is paramount in shaping your final outcome and ultimately your satisfaction.

A good start to check out your cosmetic provider’s credentials is to ask what specialty training they completed and whether or not they are Royal College certified (Board Certified in the USA). There are 4 core specialties that have exposure in residency training to facial plastic and reconstructive surgery procedures:

  • Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Ophthalmology
  • Dermatology.

Being a fellow of the Royal College in any of these disciplines ensures your physician has met rigorous training criteria and has passed the oral and written exams. However, in many instances, residency exposure to facial cosmetic procedures is minimal or observational only.

An excellent follow-up question is whether or not your surgeon has accredited fellowship training in facial cosmetic surgery. Fellowships are 1-2 year focused training programs that physicians complete after residency. Completing a Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery fellowship allows the surgeon to focus all of their attention on cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the face and neck. The American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery is responsible for accreditation of the 45 highly sought after and prestigious facial plastic and reconstructive surgery fellowships offered throughout Canada and the United States. In these accredited fellowships, surgeons learn hands on facial cosmetic surgery from the experts who have high volume practices with excellent outcomes. Graduating fellows from these fellowships must also pass a rigorous written and oral examination. Other non-accredited fellowships do exist, however, in these instances it is up to you as a potential client and patient to evaluate the legitimacy of this training.

Understanding your physician’s training will help you make the best decision when choosing a cosmetic provider. Remember that only surgeons have access to all of the cosmetic tools, from injectables and lasers to surgical procedures, and therefore only surgeons can offer you a complete and tailored solution for your cosmetic concerns. Training through the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery guarantees that your surgeon has had at least 1-year of intense dedicated training focused solely on rejuvenation and reconstruction of the face and neck. Nobody knows your face better than a Board Certified Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon.

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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Dear Patients,

All in-office treatments, procedures, and appointments have resumed. At Guelph Facial Plastics we are committed to protecting the safety of our patients, staff, and the general public while maintaining our high standard of quality care. As a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we have made the following changes to our patient care practices in accordance with all provincial and Public Health recommendations:

  • We will be pre-screening all patients that are scheduled to come into our office. We will ask patients to stay home with symptoms of COVID-19, chronic lung disease, severe asthma, serious heart conditions, and uncontrolled type 1 diabetes.
  • The timing of patient visits has been adjusted in order to limit the number of people in the office at a given time and to allow for enhanced disinfecting and cleaning protocols we have put in place in between patients. We have also enhanced the air filtration quality in our space to provide patients with surgically clean air.
  • You must call from your vehicle upon arrival before entering the clinic. We request that patients come on their own to all appointments unless absolutely necessary. For your safety, all of our staff will be wearing masks when interacting with patients in the office and routine hand-washing is required.
  • We request that you wear a mask. Hand sanitation stations will be available upon entering and throughout the office.
  • We are pleased to continue to offer virtual visits as an option for non-urgent appointments.
  • Cosmetic surgery has not resumed at Guelph General Hospital, however, we are pleased to offer our patients the option of undergoing surgery at a Clinic 360 - a fully-equipped private surgical center.

We look forward to continuing to help our patients look and feel their best! We encourage you to reach out to our office now to schedule your appointment.

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