Choosing a Facial Plastic Surgeon

November 2, 2023

Embarking on a journey toward enhancing your appearance or restoring functionality is a significant decision that requires careful consideration and planning. At the heart of this journey is choosing a surgeon you can trust. Here at UCSF Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, we believe in empowering our patients with the knowledge and insights necessary to make informed decisions. This guide aims to shed light on the essential factors to consider when selecting a facial plastic surgeon.

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Board Certification

Board certification is a testament to a surgeon’s expertise, training, and commitment to maintaining the highest standards in patient care and safety. Ensure that the surgeon you consider is board-certified in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery by reputable organizations such as the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ABFPRS).

Experience and Specialization

The complexity of facial anatomy necessitates a surgeon with a robust background in facial procedures. Look for a surgeon who specializes in facial plastic surgery and has a wealth of experience in performing the procedure you are considering. While many surgeons may claim national or international reputations, check research profiles, invited speaking engagements, and leadership positions in national and international organizations to ensure that expertise is indeed authentic.

Before-and-After Photos

Reviewing a surgeon’s before-and-after photos of previous patients can provide a visual insight into their skill and aesthetic style. Look for consistency in outcomes and patients with facial features similar to yours.

Personal Consultation

A personal consultation is a crucial opportunity to assess the surgeon’s approach, understand their recommendations, and get a feel for their communication style. It’s important to feel comfortable asking questions and expressing your concerns.

Reputation and Reviews

Patient reviews and testimonials can offer invaluable insights into the surgeon’s competence and the quality of care provided.

Surgical Facility

Ensure that the surgeon operates in accredited facilities that adhere to the highest standards of safety, equipment, and staff qualifications. At UCSF Facial Plastic Surgery, we pride ourselves on our state-of-the-art surgical suites and experienced medical team.

Comprehensive Care

Choose a surgeon and a team who provide comprehensive care, from the initial consultation to post-operative follow-up. The journey to facial rejuvenation is not just about the procedure but also about receiving personalized care and support throughout the process.


Choosing the right facial plastic surgeon is a pivotal step toward achieving your aesthetic or reconstructive goals. At UCSF Facial Plastic Surgery, we are dedicated to providing patient-centered care, education, and support to ensure a safe, rewarding experience.

We invite you to schedule a consultation with our expert team to learn more about how we can help you on your journey toward enhanced facial aesthetics and improved quality of life.