Our Dallas Plastic Surgeons
The cosmetic surgeons at our Dallas area practice are plastic surgeons who are committed to providing our plastic surgery patients with the high-quality care they deserve. Our physicians are extensively trained in a range of plastic surgery procedures and non-surgical skin treatments. Learn more about our plastic surgeons’ training and experience.
- Dr. Denton Watumull
- Dr. Bruce Byrne
- Dr. Joshua A. Lemmon
- Dr. Derek Rapp
- Dr. Chase Derrick
- Dr. Chirag Mehta
What Is a Plastic Surgeon?
Plastic surgeons are doctors who have completed specialized training in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. While doctors who are not technically plastic surgeons may legally perform cosmetic treatments, they have not spent the extra years of study plastic surgeons undergo prior to practice. Plastic surgeons generally have a more comprehensive knowledge of the complex relationships between bone, ligaments, muscle tendons, fatty tissues, and skin. This advanced understanding can allow them to successfully perform cosmetic enhancements as well as treat injuries or birth abnormalities.
Importance of Board Certification for Plastic Surgeons
When doctors are board-certified, they have undergone training beyond their medical degree in an area of specialization. It is important to note that a “board-certified surgeon” may have studied an area of medicine different than plastic surgery. When researching the credentials of a potential surgeon for your cosmetic or reconstructive procedure, look for doctors who are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). Board-certified plastic surgeons have completed at least six years of additional accredited study, three of which must focus on plastic surgery. This distinction will guarantee that the doctors have been reviewed for their training and skill in plastic surgery, which can give prospective patients peace of mind regarding their safety and their bodies.
How to Choose the Best Plastic Surgeon for You
Determining which plastic surgeon can provide you with beautiful results that meet your expectations may seem overwhelming. Our plastic surgeons have compiled a list of questions to help make this decision easier. Ultimately, you want to choose a plastic surgeon who makes you feel comfortable, safe, and confident. During your preliminary research and your initial consultation with your prospective plastic surgeon, you might ask the following:
- Is the plastic surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery?
- How frequently does the plastic surgeon perform the procedure you are considering?
- Will the procedure be performed in a hospital or accredited surgery center?
- Is the anesthesiologist board-certified?
- What preparations does the plastic surgeon recommend prior to the day of surgery?
- What does the plastic surgeon expect the recovery to look like?
- What are the risks associated with the procedure?
- How are complications handled, should they arise?
- Is postoperative care provided by the plastic surgeon?
In addition, before-and-after photographs of previous procedures performed by the plastic surgeon can serve as a valuable resource when making a decision. Oftentimes, prospective patients find first-hand accounts or patient testimonials helpful as well. The choice of plastic surgeon can play a significant role in the outcome of your procedure, and our doctors recommend weighing several options before making a final decision.
To learn more about our doctors contact our cosmetic surgery practice today.