Choosing a Plastic Surgeon

Deciding to get plastic surgery is an exciting prospect that most people consider for several months, or even years, before moving forward with their plans. The first step — choosing one of the plastic surgeons in St. Petersburg, Clearwater, or Tampa Bay, FL, — is perhaps the most important decision you will make during your personal journey. Finding a specialist who has the experience and training to achieve consistently excellent results begins with knowing what to look for when comparing surgeons.

As one of the Tampa area's highly experienced plastic surgeons, Dr. Narasimhan looks forward to meeting you and answering any questions you may have about the cosmetic procedure you want. Request a consultation using our online form, or call our St. Petersburg office at (727) 289-7119.

Why Choose Dr. Narasimhan

Dr. Narasimhan is an excellent choice for your cosmetic procedure for many reasons, including:

  • Double board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology
  • Highly trained in procedures of face, breast, and body
  • Passion for cosmetic procedures and patient care
  • Compassionate care and attention to detail

Making an Informed Choice

Most patients aren't aware that any physician licensed to practice medicine can legally perform cosmetic surgery, even if he or she doesn't have plastic surgery training. That's why it's important to thoroughly research the background and experience of all the doctors you are considering to perform your procedure. Being informed will give you confidence in your choice.

The Importance of Board Certification

Your plastic surgeon should be certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery. It is the only plastic surgery specialty board recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), and it requires surgeons to meet rigorous standards to be certified. Dr. Narasimhan is certified by both the plastic surgery and otolarygology boards.

Cosmetic Surgeon vs. Plastic Surgeon

There are surgeons who refer to themselves as "board-certified cosmetic surgeons." That is not the same as being a board-certified plastic surgeon. A cosmetic surgeon may be a dermatologist, an ear, nose, and throat specialist, or some other type of doctor. Only plastic surgeons have the specialized training gained by completing an approved plastic surgery residency program.

Experience Matters

Completing the advanced training to become a plastic surgeon, including a residency, can take between 6 and 8 years after finishing medical school. Although experience alone doesn't make someone the best choice, it's important to know that a surgeon has performed the procedure you want many times during his or her career.

Before-and-After Photos

One of the best ways to evaluate plastic surgeons is to see for yourself what kind of work they have produced. Most plastic surgeons have before-and-after photo galleries of real patients on their websites. It's also a good idea to ask to see additional examples during your consultation. If a surgeon doesn't have photos for you to review, that's a red flag. When viewing photos, it's a good idea to find patients similar to you, whether you're considering breast enhancement, body contouring, or facial sculpting surgery.

Patient Testimonials

Many qualified surgeons are pleased to connect you with their past patients if you'd like to learn more about the process of planning and undergoing surgery. This is a good sign that the surgeon has consistently worked well with patients who have gotten beautiful results that they're proud to talk about. Some patients even agree to share their testimonials on a surgeon's website.

Trust Your Feelings

Even the most accomplished plastic surgeon may not be the right doctor for you. Plastic surgery is a highly personal choice, and it's imperative to form a trusting doctor-patient bond from the outset. Honestly communicating your cosmetic goals to the surgeon is important in getting the outcome you want. Some people call it chemistry; others may use the word rapport. Trust your instincts when choosing a plastic surgeon.