How to Choose the Right Facial Plastic Surgeon

Surgical Instrument. Medical scalpel and clamp icon isolated on white background. Vector illustration.

Choosing the right facial plastic surgeon is a critical decision that can impact your appearance, self-confidence, and overall satisfaction. To ensure the best outcome, it’s important to conduct thorough research and ask the right questions before committing to a surgeon. Here’s a guide to help you navigate the process:

1. Verify Credentials and Experience

  • Board Certification: Ensure the surgeon is board-certified in facial plastic surgery by a recognized board, such as the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ABFPRS). Board certification signifies that the surgeon has met rigorous standards of education, training, and ethics.
  • Specialization and Experience: Look for a surgeon who specializes in the specific procedure you are considering. Ask about their experience, including the number of years they’ve been practicing and the number of similar procedures they’ve performed.
Female double chin before and after correction. Correction of the chin shape liposuction of the neck. The result of the procedure in the clinic of aesthetic medicine.

2. Assess Their Work and Reputation

  • Before and After Photos: Request to see before and after photos of previous patients who have undergone the same procedure. This will give you an idea of the surgeon’s aesthetic style and the quality of their work.
  • Patient Reviews and Testimonials: Research online reviews and testimonials to gauge patient satisfaction and experiences. Pay attention to comments about the surgeon’s bedside manner, staff professionalism, and the overall care received.

3. Consider the Facility and Staff

  • Accredited Facility: Ensure that the surgical procedures are performed in an accredited facility, which adheres to strict safety and quality standards.
  • Supportive and Knowledgeable Staff: The support staff should be friendly, helpful, and professional. They play a crucial role in your pre-and post-operative care.

4. Schedule a Consultation and Ask Questions

  • Personal Rapport: During your consultation, assess whether you feel comfortable with the surgeon. You should feel confident in their abilities and comfortable discussing your goals and concerns.
  • Ask Detailed Questions: Prepare a list of questions to ask during your consultation. 

5. Trust Your Instincts

  • Comfort Level: Ultimately, choosing a surgeon is a personal decision. Trust your instincts. If you feel uneasy or pressured, consider seeking a second opinion.

Questions to Ask a Potential Facial Plastic Surgeon:

When considering a facial plastic surgeon, it’s important to ask detailed questions to ensure you are making an informed decision. Here are some key questions to ask a potential facial plastic surgeon:

  • What are your qualifications and board certifications?
  • How many years of experience do you have in facial plastic surgery?
  • How frequently do you perform the procedure I’m interested in?
  • Can I see before and after photos of your previous patients who had the same procedure?
  • What can I expect during the recovery process?
  • What are the potential risks and complications of the procedure?
  • How do you handle complications or the need for revisions?
  • Can you provide patient references or testimonials?


Selecting the right facial plastic surgeon involves careful consideration of their credentials, experience, and the quality of their work. It’s also crucial to ensure you feel comfortable and confident in their care. By taking the time to do thorough research and asking the right questions, you can make an informed decision that will help you achieve your aesthetic goals safely and effectively.

Lee A. Kleiman a doctor at Anne Arundel ENT

Dr. Lee A. Kleiman is a double board certified ENT & plastic surgeon at Anne Arundel ENT in Annapolis, Maryland known for his superior clinical outcomes in all Surgical and Non-Surgical ENT, specializing in Sinus Care, Voice and Swallowing, Rhinoplasty and Revision Rhinoplasty, and Facelifts and Non-surgical Aesthetic. He also continues to attend conferences internationally and nationally to keep abreast of the latest treatments and technology.