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Question DetailsAsked on 7/25/2012

I need the name or names of good Plastic Surgeons in Denver or Fort Collins, CO or the surrounding areas. Thank you.

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As someone who has experienced a botched surgery, I would suggest that you seriously research any physician's surgerical skills before agreeing to any surgery. Ask multiple physicians in your area who they would recommend. Talk to friends, relatives, co-workers, neighbors to try and find people in your area who have had this surgery and who was their physician and what was their experience. Talking to actual patients sheds some light and more than one patient if possible and it's most helpful if they have had the same surgery versus just prescribing or advice (but I would never rely on one person's experience). Check with your State Medical Board to see whether a physician has an active license and whether there have been any discipline actions taken against the physician. Even if your health insurance won't cover this cosmetic procedure, perhaps you could check with them about this physician's rating with them for quality service. Reflecting on my bad experience, I would avoid a physician who is new to a practice (less than 2 yrs) because even their colleagues don't yet really know the competency of their surgerical skills. If the new doctor starts to botch things, his/her colleagues may push him/her out to protect the practice and their malpractice insurance. I would ask any physician to walk me carefully through any and ALL possible risks in detail as well as their approach to this kind of surgery. Ask how many times he/she has performed this particular surgery. Then research if this physician's approach is the best protocol for this kind of treatment/surgery (i.e. does this physician like to use a laser even though microscissors are more recommended? - lasers can cause damage VERY quickly) See if there is an online discussion group for the surgery you are thinking about. These groups can provide a lot of information about doctors and issues to think about. Get a second, maybe even third opinion on this surgery. It is surprising the diverse approaches and opinions involved in even so-called simple surgerical procedures. If this surgery is to be performed in a hospital and with anesthesia, research the hospital, particularly the infection rate and the anesthesia group. I know this all sounds time consuming, but my botched surgery has caused me years of anguish that I wouldn't wish on anyone.

Answered 8 years ago by 740HMP




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