The first, most important, thing to consider is trust. Plain and simple. Choose a cosmetic surgeon that youﾒve used before or that someone you know has used and had great results from. Keep in mind that all bodies are different and may not take to procedures the same, but the surgeonsﾒ information should stand for itself. Recommendations from your own general practitioner are a great way to start.
Next, make sure your choice is a certified member of the American Board of Plastic Surgeons. This is a good indication that they are experienced and even have had extra training. You should make sure that he/she only operates in accredited medical facilities, adheres to a strict code of ethics and is actually trained in the specific procedure that you are planning to have.
Once youﾒve decided, schedule a consultation. This in no way makes you obligated to use this surgeon, itﾒs more of an initial interview. It is perfectly acceptable, and even expected, of you to state that you are still researching things and will make a follow-up appointment when you are ready to proceed. Plastic surgery is, once again, life-altering and you should feel free to ask about their experience and accomplishments during your visit. Ask to see before and after photos. If you are unable to maintain your personal comfort level during the visit, leave. Never have surgery from a surgeon you donﾒt like for whatever reason. Donﾒt let them rush you into a decision or commitment that you are not ready to make.
Stand your ground, be firm and know what you want. Arm yourself with knowledge about your procedure including recovery times, surgical times, hospital stays and anything else you can manage. Verify everything your doctor tells you and be prepared to question him on his expertise. If he/she is up to their salt there should be no problems with that.