Choosing the Right Cosmetic Surgeon

By: Dr. Sean Kelishadi, M.D. FACS


With the large variety of Orange County Plastic Surgery offices you can choose from, it may be hard to know which plastic surgeon is right for you.

Everyone is going to tell you that he/she is the best in their field, but what should you look out for to guarantee the best results with your breast augmentation or other plastic surgery needs? We have a few tips that should help you know what to look for:


Facts are, the government does not require a surgeon to specifically train in the procedure you are interested in. There are many medispas and aesthetic professionals who may pass as plastic surgery practices and experts. If you want to guarantee your safety, and your surgeon's qualifications, the best route is to trust your health and wellness to a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon.  Be sure to ask a direct question to ensure their credentials; “Are you certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery?” You can also follow up with additional research from the Board and other sources, if you choose.


Opting in for cosmetic surgery is a big decision. That is why it’s imperative to connect with a surgeon that makes you feel comfortable with your choice to enhance your body. The right surgeon cares about your well-being, and will make the effort to show they care about your safety, your appearance, as well as your mental health during the process of undergoing cosmetic surgery. Whether you are undergoing breast augmentation surgery or rhinoplasty, your surgeon should take the time to address your concerns, and walk you through the info you need in order to be comfortable with your decision.


For many men and women, price matters with most products or services that they purchase. However, choosing a qualified plastic surgeon means that you may need to leave bargain shopping behind. We all know that you can taste and see the difference between a $1 burger and a $12 burger due to its quality ingredients and extra time needed to perfect and finesse it. This same logic can be applied to your health and well-being when pursuing cosmetic surgery. Would you want lower quality implants placed into your body at a subpar facility by a less qualified medical team?  A cheap breast augmentation can pose risk, possibly major health issues, or even your life. Plastic surgery prices are usually what they are for a reason. Any deal that “seems too good to be true” is probably due to a compromise in the quality of work you are receiving, the cleanliness or standards of the facility where you would receive surgery, and/or the credentials of the provider who would administer your anesthesia-all critical factors.


Many may take this for granted,but I would not: Find out when was the last time your surgeon published a paper within this field of expertise. Being published means that your surgeon is innovative, creative, and contributes to enhancing the field of plastic surgery. A quality surgeon is not only a leader in the operating room, but also explores new ways to challenge their peers to perfect their craft.  A published surgeon loves their job, and doesn’t settle for the status quo.


Many Orange County plastic surgery offices do a lot of advertising. There are some cosmetic surgeons that do more advertising and PR than others. But do not be fooled by the fancy PR and network logos. Still do your research to find out if your surgeon is using quality materials and whether his/her group members have the right certifications; and still check out your prospective surgeon and his/her group to be sure you believe them to be good, honest, and highly skilled people within this field where the fusion of science and art requires the finest expertise.


All plastic surgeons in Orange County are going to tell you why they are the best. It takes a lot of confidence to be a surgeon, and we all believe ourselves to offer great results to our patients. But you don’t have to take our word for it. Go out onto our social sites and websites and find out what our patients have to say about us. A great surgeon should have amazing reviews to back up their work. With the help of social media, the truth is only a few clicks away.

You should have no regrets when you look at your plastic surgery before and after photos. Take the time and do the homework about any surgeon that you may be considering to ensure the best results. At SSK Plastic Surgery, we believe that you deserve to look and feel amazingly good. If you have any questions regarding breast augmentation surgery, breast lift surgery, facelift,  Brazilian Butt Lift, or other plastic surgery procedures, please contact us today and we will address your concerns personally.

Dr. Sean Kelishadi


* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.