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    Here's advice from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery on how to find the right doctor:

    • Check a doctor's board certification. All medical specialties offer certification to recognized specialists. Make sure your doctor is certified in his or her field.
    • Check facility accreditation. Make sure that the hospital or clinic in which the procedure takes place has a valid state or Medicare license.
    • Check hospital privileges. Hospitals evaluate a doctor's training and competency for specific procedures before granting operating privileges.
    • Check reliable sources. Asking your doctor to recommend a cosmetic practitioner is a good way to start. The American Board of Plastic Surgery offers a free referral service.
    • Check thoroughness. A doctor should be willing to tell you about the risks of any procedure. If you don't feel a doctor is answering your questions, this isn't the right doctor for you.
    • Check rapport. Not every qualified doctor is right for every patient. Find a doctor with whom you can communicate freely.
    • Check follow-up care. Ask about a doctor's policy on follow-up visits.

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