Craig Layt, MBBS, FRACS, a Gold Coast plastic surgeon and the head of The Layt Clinic, explains what individuals should look for when considering the doctor they will entrust with their aesthetic enhancement needs.
First and foremost, Dr Layt explains, patients should make sure that the plastic surgeon they are considering has the credentials necessary to perform those types of surgeries. Researching their biographies (which are often listed on the practice’s website) and their educational history can be a good start.
Whether they are members of plastic surgery organisations such as the Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, or other similar groups can also be strong indicators of a plastic surgeon’s skills and experience, as many of these organisations have rigorous requirements for membership.
Additionally, determining whether the surgeon performs major cosmetic surgeries at an accredited surgical facility can be very helpful in evaluating his or her credentials. Dr Layt says those facilities are under a governance program that only allows plastic surgeons who are properly accredited to perform procedures there.
Dr Layt himself holds the title of Specialist Plastic Surgeon, which can only apply to a plastic surgeon who is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons with at least 12 years of surgical and medical education, plus 5 years of specialist training at the post-graduate level.
Secondly, Dr Layt says, reading reviews of the plastic surgeon and the practice that have been submitted by previous patients can often provide good insight into the level of care and the results experienced by others. Viewing before-and-after photos of patients who have had procedures performed by the surgeon under consideration can also give individuals a general look at the results the doctor is capable of producing.