Patient Safety: Factors to Consider When Choosing a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon
Board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Claude Oppikofer explains the importance of patient safety and how plastic surgeons need to have the proper education and tools to successfully perform procedures. “The first thing any patient expects from their plastic surgeon is to be safe in their hands,” notes Dr. Oppikofer.
Dr. Oppikofer references the model, “First, do no harm” as a guidance that all plastic surgeons follow when it pertains to their medical activity.
“We cannot take the risk of harming any of our patients,” he explains. “The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery’s (ASAPS) mission is to educate their members and promote patient safety. Giving our members the tools, knowledge, and possibilities to have the proper education and giving them awareness of the importance of patient safety, is what will ultimately work best.”
It is important for patients to make informed decisions about undergoing a cosmetic procedure. Key factors patients should look for when selecting a plastic surgeon are their credentials, any additional training they have obtained, accreditation at recognized facilities, their hospital privileges, and experience.
“If at the end of a patient’s treatment, you have enhanced their quality of life that is the ultimate goal of all of our activity. Success is having our patients smile and be happy with their results!” exclaims Dr. Oppikofer.
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