Dr. Dimitrios Giannoulias is a consultant gynecologist obstetrician with Toronto Cosmetic Clinic. He performs labioplasty, vaginal tightening, and hymenoplasty. Dr. Giannoulias is a member in good standing with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario. Read More
How To Choose The Right Plastic Surgeon
Every year, millions of people across North America, and the world, undergo some form of cosmetic and plastic surgery. With such demand, there has been a boom in the population of practising physicians. In the city of Toronto alone, there are over 100 physicians focusing on cosmetic procedures operating out of hospitals, surgical centres, and clinics. Scattered across Toronto, their abilities and experiences differ tremendously.
As someone who is exploring the possibility of undergoing a particular cosmetic surgical procedure in Toronto, it is important that you can rely on someone you completely trust. This is regardless of whether the procedure is invasive or not. Because a change will be made to your body, you need to have the confidence that the person performing the treatment knows what they're doing.
Experience, experience, experience!
When it comes to your body, there is absolutely no room for compromise. The medical professional you choose to treat your body, from a simple checkup to necessary major surgery, has to be someone you can trust. Consider the following when selecting a medical professional:
When it comes to selecting a physician, let alone any medical professional, experience is paramount.
Experience is about how many, how often, and how recently.
While it may be beneficial to know how long a surgeon has been performing surgical procedures in general, it is more important to know how many the surgeon performed that are of the specific procedure you wish to undergo.
The experience of a surgeon can also be reviewed in terms of how frequently a particular procedure has been performed in their professional career. Surgeons performing procedures once a month may not be viewed as favourably as one that performs 4 times a week.
Further, because the field of cosmetic surgery is constantly being updated and improved with numerous technological advancements and innovative techniques, find out how recently a surgeon has performed the selected procedure. If a surgeon has performed liposuction 100 times 5 years ago and not a single one in the last few months, their knowledge and ability may not be as current as a surgeon who has performed several liposuction procedures in the last week alone.
Educational Background & Training
Every doctor in Canada must be formally educated in a recognized university, having completed an undergraduate degree followed by a Doctorate of Medicine acquired from the completion of medical school. A period of residency is required afterwards to train in a medical setting. Residency is vital to professional development, as it allows medical doctors to experience surgery and other such activities in a “real-life” setting.
But don’t think that a doctor’s education and training stops there. The medical field is far from static; it constantly changes and adapts as new technologies, advancements and techniques are discovered. As a result, learning is a life-long process for every doctor and surgeon. Be suspicious of any medical professional that does not keep up-to-date in their area of specialization. They should have evidence of having attended workshops, seminars, or other professional training courses.
But on top of that, what better way to affirm a surgeon’s abilities than to know they have trained one or more other physicians in the procedure you wish to undergo? If a surgeon’s abilities are so trusted that another surgeon chooses to learn and seek guidance from them, it may mean that you can trust them, too.
Although physicians are not a designated category in the CPSO, they are all physicians who should be member in good standing of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO), which self-regulates the medical profession in the province.
One of the most important factors to consider when you're deciding on a physician is their reputation amongst their colleagues and their clients.
Regarding their professional reputation, find out if they are affiliated with recognized and relevant organizations, or have received any awards of excellence.
The facilities where your procedure will take place should be clean, modern, and safe. If you feel uncomfortable with the environment, it might be a good idea to choose another place, or even a physician. Toronto is a modern city in a technologically advanced country, therefore it's only natural that you expect the most advanced equipment and tools in the room your treatment will take place.
Listen to your instinct! When you walk into a medical facility and meet your surgeon for the first time, trust your judgment. A surgeon should be able to make you feel comfortable without being pushy or evasive when responding to your concerns. If you feel like you're simply a walking dollar sign, it's probably better that you seek another surgeon.
Deciding on which plastic surgeon focusing on cosmetic procedures is difficult. But if you do a little research into the ones you're considering, you'll be able to make an informed and accurate decision.