Koch Facial Plastic Surgery & Spa
4855 Mills Civic Parkway #100
West Des Moines, IA 50265
Phone: (515) 277-5555
Fax: (515) 277-0060
Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Choosing a Facial Plastic Surgeon
Once you’ve decided to get cosmetic surgery, selecting a facial plastic surgeon in the Des Moines, Iowa, area is the most important choice you will make. It’s a decision that should be based on the surgeon’s training, experience, and reputation, as well as the level of comfort you have with the surgeon. As the author of “50 Questions (You MUST Ask) Before You Have Plastic Surgery,” Dr. Brenton Koch understands that your decision-making process should include an informative consultation that goes beyond asking the cost of the procedure.
What’s Important to Know
Your facial plastic surgeon should be certified by either the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery or the American Board of Otolaryngology. Our doctors, Brenton Koch, MD; and Cody Koch, MD, are certified by both boards.
It’s also important to ensure that the plastic surgeon you select is experienced in the specific procedure you want done and is familiar with all technical advances associated with that procedure. Before making a decision, you should view photos of the surgeon’s patients who have undergone the same procedure you will have performed.
Some Things to Consider
Your surgeon should be highly qualified and experienced. When making your choice, though, you should also consider the personal demeanor of the surgeon and the staff, where the procedure will be performed, and whether it will include a board-certified anesthesiologist and an accredited surgical facility.
Cost can also be a factor in your decision, but it may not be a good idea to select the surgeon who offers the least expensive procedure. Quality and safety should be the top priorities.
Other Questions to Ask
Here are some additional questions to ask before making your final decision:
- Am I a good candidate for this procedure? If so, why?
- How long will the operation take?
- What are the risks?
- How long will my recovery take?
- Will you be involved in my postoperative care?
- What happens if there is a complication and I need additional surgery?