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Are you considering a tummy tuck or eyelift? While every cosmetic or plastic surgery procedure has its risks, choosing the right plastic surgeon can make all the difference. Before you start skimming the phonebook for providers, consider these tips on how to choose a qualified plastic surgeon.

Board Certified

You’ll want to find a surgeon that is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. All board-certified plastic surgeons are listed on the Boards’ website at In order to qualify for board certification, all licensed plastic surgeons are required to do continuing medical education and complete written exams every 10 years, which means that using a licensed and certified physician not only provides safety and professionalism, but also ensures that they are up to date on the newest medical technology.

Service Record

The next step is to investigate the plastic surgeon’s service record and reputation. This includes checking with the Better Business Bureau, friends, neighbors, and family members that have had success with plastic surgery procedures. 


Part of doing your research is looking into the specific services offered by the practice. Just because a surgeon’s office provides a variety of treatment services doesn’t mean they specialize in those.  A good way to gauge experience is to find out what the most common procedures are for that particular surgeon. 

Schedule a Consultation

One of the best things to do is visit any potential plastic surgeon’s office ahead of time. This will give you the opportunity to assess the practice environment, staff temperament, and physician’s bedside manner. Take the time to ask as many questions as you can to get the information you need to make an informed decision.

Whether you are interested in a tummy tuck, breast augmentation, or eyelid lift, Dr. Heather Rocheford of Rocheford Plastic Surgery  can help provide the services you need. For patient information, procedure guides, testimonials, locations, or to schedule a consultation, visit our website today!



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Whether a new or returning patient, we have plenty of resources to either help you get started or learn more about the procedure process. From patient forms to blogs, we have all the resources you’ll need to prepare yourself for your appointment.

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