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What should I ask a doctor or surgeon after an initial consultation?

Stuart A. Linder, MD
Plastic Surgery
It is vital to make a list of questions with you when considering which doctor to choose as your surgeon. A checklist with important criteria may include board certification, medical school training, hospital affiliations, years in practice, malpractice records, and society associations. Look at hundreds if not thousands of before and after pictures if available. Determine how many of the specific surgery you will be having the surgeon has performed in his or her practice and how many per year.

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