You will want to
choose your plastic surgeon differently from how you choose
other doctors. The usual way to choose a specialist is to get
a referral from your own physician. Then you interview him,
asking the questions you find in the many magazine articles,
"How to choose a Doctor."
For cosmetic surgery, you need more than this.
You need to see the result. Just as you wouldn't choose
an artist because he went to a particular art school, neither
would you choose a cosmetic surgeon solely on his schooling.
Though credentials are important, they are not as crucial as
the surgeon's art work.
One of our patients said, "It was really
simple to choose you as a plastic surgeon. I asked my five
friends with the best results where they had their cosmetic
surgery. They all went to the Austin-Weston Center". We
chose by checking out the results. Smart. We suggest you begin
this by asking around. You might ask, "I have a
friend who wants a face lift. Who is the best
around?" Find out which surgeons have the best
reputations. Talk to several people who have had cosmetic
surgery and ask what their experience was. Ask to see before
and after photos
and their scars.
Visit the two surgeons whose name
comes up the most. Visiting more than two gets confusing
cosmetic surgeons are artists and their styles
How do you choose between them? Two ways. Does
what they say sound right to you? And which do you like
the best? Trust your intuition. If you don't like them,
or if what they tell you seems "off", or if you just
don't "click", then leave and restart the
homework gives you a greater chance of getting the result you
How does a plastic
surgeon choose you?
We think of cosmetic surgery as a partnership
where you are the senior partner and our job, as your partner,
is to serve you. This partnership is built on trusting each
other. Not only do you choose your surgeon but we also must
choose who we feel comfortable partnering with. So the
consultation is a two-way street. Just as you must ask,
listen, intuit and trust, so do we.
We are looking for people who will have a
great physical and emotional result. Our surgeons need
to discover if you are open-minded, responsible, willing and
grounded in reality. In short, will we be glad we
performed your surgery?
Open minded Are you locked into
your own thinking
or do you listen to and consider the
possibilities we might see for improvement? Not that you must
agree, but are you open to the possibility?
Are you hoping we will tell you exactly what to do and make
us responsible for your choices? Or do you exercise your free
will as an adult and take responsibility for your choices and
you willing to do what you need to do to have the results you
want? Will you keep your agreement to come to the pre-op
appointment? Will you get a responsible support person? Will
you treat our staff well? Are you willing to follow our
Grounded in reality To be
grounded in reality means something special to us. One
aspect is your knowing what cosmetic surgery is in
general and what it can and cannot accomplish. We suggest
you read articles about cosmetic surgery, read our book and
look at our video. They are free for the asking.
You must also be realistic in
your expectations of what cosmetic surgery can produce for
you in particular. Wanting a particular result
and hoping it occurs must be grounded in the reality of
whether we can obtain it. Better to ask than to
We are all
human so we all have some of these four qualities. What we are
looking for are enough of these for us to become
partners. Enough so our staff can take care of you
through the process and have you come out the other side
thrilled with your result.
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Harvey W. Austin, MD
Berlin MD 21811
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