My foremost concern as a plastic surgeon is the health and safety of my patients. Helping my patients look and feel their best is of course the heart of what I do, but safety always comes first. When becoming a physician, I swore to the Hippocratic Oath, to "first do no harm," and I live by that in my practice.
To that end, I have designed my New York City plastic surgery practice to be a safe, high-quality concierge experience for everyone involved.
My office is a modern, state-of-the-art facility with a comfortable ambiance and sterile patient care areas. My operating room is nationally accredited and fully certified by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgical Facilities (AAAASF), with all of the safety features, medications, and life-support found in a hospital. The entire operating facility is powered by a backup power generator.
All of my nursing staff is trained, accredited, and certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support and extremely familiar with the protocols involved in elective plastic surgery.
I only use a board-certified anesthesiologist to monitor my patients, never a nurse anesthetist, and never sedation performed by a less qualified individual.
Every patient receives a personal call from me the night after surgery. In addition, each surgical patient receives my personal cell phone number for direct access to me 24/7.
All of my patients' post-operative care is included in their surgical fees, and I am committed to ensuring that each person will receive the type of special attention that I myself would want if in their shoes.
While it may sound financially appealing to have plastic surgery abroad or in a cut-rate environment, it is not without serious risks. Though it is important to take into consideration what any procedure is going to cost, it is more important to know the safety policies of a surgeon and his or her clinic. Unfortunately, not all cosmetic clinics abroad adhere to the same firm safety standards as required in the United States, and not every plastic surgeon has the same dedication to safety above all else.
RESEARCH & QUESTIONS
When researching a plastic surgeon, ask the following questions:
- Is the surgeon board certified?
- Is the medical practice accredited or state licensed?
- How frequently does the surgeon perform the procedure(s) you want?
- Are there before and after photos of this surgery done by the doctor you could see?
- What are the possible risks and complications for this surgery?
- How are these risks and complications resolved?
- What are your options for anesthesia and who will provide the anesthesia? Are they board certified as well?
- What is the recovery process?
- How many appointments will you have post-surgery?
- What is the cost of the surgery? How does this cost compare to other equally qualified surgeons in your geographical area?
Please feel free to call my patient coordinator, Erica, at 212-452-2400, or email her at erica@LaraDevganMD.com for more information about me and my practice.