Today we have more choices than ever before when
deciding on ways to improve our appearance. There are a myriad of
technologies, procedures, and products available, which for many
patients, is the primary focus. However, we believe that there are
ten key points that should be just as important, or more so, than
which procedure to choose.
1. PLASTIC SURGEON
If you’re thinking about a surgical enhancement, you
want to do your homework to choose the right person to hold the
scalpel. In New York City alone there are literally dozens and
dozens of plastic surgeons, so you have lots of choices. Plastic
surgeons have many years of rigorous surgical training, as opposed to
a weekend course or side interest.
2. BOARD CERTIFICATION
You want to be certain that your
surgeon is “board certified”. To acquire board certification,
surgeons must go through further testing and analysis of surgical
results. Plastic Surgery is one of the 24 medical specialties
recognized by the American Board of Specialties (ABMS). If a doctor
is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) or the
American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS), you can be
ensured that they are a board certified plastic surgeon.
When you consult with physicians,
it's important to know about their qualifications, such as how many
years they’ve been practicing and how many times they've performed
the procedure that you’re inquiring about. Dr. Rothaus has over 25
years of plastic surgery experience and performs cosmetic surgery of
the face and body daily. You can request to view a collection of
before and after photos or speak with staff members who have had
plastic surgery themselves.
4. TRAINING & METHODS
Based on your cosmetic ambitions,
there could be an array of surgical options. Liposuction tummy tucks,
facelifts, and breast augmentations are examples of such cases. At
your surgical consultation, talk to your doctor very specifically
regarding your goals and concerns. He or she can use this detailed
information to advise you on the procedure and technique most
appropriate for your unique needs. Dr. Rothaus's thorough training in
plastic surgery has earned the utmost respect for his surgical
quality and proficiency. You can be assured that he will discuss every
approach to your procedure when you meet.
5. AN ATTENTIVE DOCTOR AND TEAM
A good doctor-patient relationship
with your surgeon is something all patients want. Therefore, when
you select a surgeon, you're also selecting his or her office. The
staff, the facility, their character and reputation, their history
and length of time in the community, and their responsibility to
quality patient care and safety are important key points. A group of
loyal professionals is something you want to check for signs of. Dr.
Rothaus and his outstanding team are known for providing a personal
approach and unsurpassed expertise to achieve the ultimate in patient
care and have been a part of the community for over 25 years.
6. CARE – BEFORE AND AFTER
Make certain that you know how the
practice will communicate with you both before and after your
surgery, as well as how they will care for you. Are the staff members
involved with your care appropriately licensed and certified? Our
staff considers patient education a high priority and ensures that
you are fully disclosed of any and all details regarding your
procedure – from what to expect and how to prepare to the specifics
of your recovery process. A careful review of your health history
will also be completed. We stay in close communication with you prior
to your surgery and after it has been performed.
7. HOSPITAL PRIVILEGES
“Hospital privileges” means
that a physician has an alliance at a local accredited hospital.
Ensure that the surgeon you are considering for a procedure has
“hospital privileges” in that particular procedure at a local
accredited hospital. Dr. Rothaus is a positively regarded member at
Presbyterian Hospital and carries
privileges to perform the procedures done in our office-based
operating rooms at the hospital.
8. OPERATING & RECOVERY
The certification, licensure and
expertise of the surgical and recovery team is very important. When
you have surgery under general anesthesia at our practice, you can be
certain the following people will be in your operating room (OR) with
you: your plastic surgeon, a physician anesthesiologist, a Registered
Nurse (RN) who “circulates” and/or “scrub tech” that assists
the surgeon. While you are recovering after your procedure in our
recovery room, another RN will be caring for you. Our registered
nurses and physician who work in our OR are certified in Advanced
Cardiac Life Support (ACLS certified).
This is a high standard of care and we believe it is a standard that
you should look for.
Another crucial standard that we
believe in is that anesthesia is administered by a board certified
anesthesiologist, which indicates that the doctor delivering your
anesthesia is qualified in the ABMS
other practices, general anesthesia is given by a Certified
Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) or even the surgeon or an RN.
Because that most
cosmetic surgical procedures are performed under deep sedation, at
our practice, you can be certain that any case done under any type of
anesthesia is administered by a qualified and accomplished board
We encourage you to have your
surgery in an office-based surgical facility that has one of the
three following accreditations: AAAASF, JACHO, or AAAHC or in a
hospital-based operating facility. Accreditation by one of these
groups validates that their standards of care are determined and
investigated by a third party. Our operating rooms are AAAHC
accredited, which tells you that we
maintain the highest standards. Our facility is inspected a regularly
and we satisfy crucial criteria for safety, equipment, facility,
staff, and surgeons.
Our desire is for you to have
an extraordinary and safe cosmetic surgical experience and we hope
this information has been helpful in your search!