American Society of Plastic Surgeons
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5 years ago

Surgery experience

my first consult is next week. i want to have an arm lift. if i ask my MD how many times he has performed this procedure, how do i know what's acceptable/preferred? 500 times? 250 times?

Procedure: Arm Lift
Location: Plattsburgh, NY

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Steven Wallach
ASPS Surgeon
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It is hard to say at what number a surgeon would be proficient at a specific operation. Some surgeons can do one operation all the time and not be very good at it and others can do it a few times and be very good at it. Remember if the surgeon does thousands and thousands of one specific operation then they’re never doing any other operation. A good surgeon does not have to do hundreds of that specific operation to be good at it.

Jon Ver Halen

Hello and thank you for your excellent question. It is best to answer your question during a face-to-face evaluation, when you can discuss your goals and expectations for the procedure, and you can have a physical examination to evaluate for that procedure. The number of procedures performed is less important that the quality of work that the surgeon provides, and your personal rapport with him or her. I recommend that you find a board-certified, or board-eligible plastic surgeon with whom you are comfortable. Be sure to have all of your questions answered during a face-to-face meeting with your surgeon, and review before and after pictures of similar patients whom have had this procedure. If you have any questions, call our office for assistance. Good luck!


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