Need a Facelift, Neck Lift, Filler or Blepharoplasty in Inland Empire? How to Find a Facial Plastic Surgeon Online

Are you among the millions who want to look better on Zoom? This past year, we learned that Zoom meetings always seem to show us at our worst and that we can learn much about products and services online. If you need a facelift, neck lift, or blepharoplasty in Inland Empire, how do you find the right surgeon online?

These days, a lot of people certainly want to improve their appearance. The Washington Post reported:

“Call it a Zoom boom. Or an opportune moment. Plastic surgeons across the globe are anecdotally reporting an unprecedented number of requests for procedures.”

You may want to learn about surgical procedures that can really make a difference. Or effective non-surgical treatments like BOTOX®, dermal fillers, laser resurfacing, and Renuvion. If you’re doing your research online, here are some things you’ll want to consider.

Search For an Expert in Facelift, Neck Lift, and Blepharoplasty Procedures in Inland Empire

It’s essential to search for a surgeon who’s an expert in the procedure you need. So, if you want a mommy makeover, butt lift, or tummy tuck, you won’t want a facial plastic surgeon like me. Plastic surgeons are the experts in cosmetic procedures involving your body. But if you need work done from the shoulders up – like a facelift, neck lift, or blepharoplasty, facial plastic surgeons are the experts you need. While a few plastic surgeons specialize in the face and neck, most work on the whole body. They may only do a few facelift, neck lift, or blepharoplasty procedures every year.

In contrast, facial plastic surgeons are usually ear, nose, and throat specialists who’ve undergone extensive training in facial plastic surgery. We focus entirely on cosmetic procedures to rejuvenate or repair the face and neck. If that’s your goal, a facial plastic surgeon or a plastic surgeon specializing in the face and neck is usually the right choice.

Find a Facial Plastic Surgeon in Inland Empire by Checking Experience and Credentials 

When searching for a qualified facial plastic surgeon, you’ll want to check the physicians’ credentials.  They really make a difference. You may not realize it, but any licensed physician who completes a weekend seminar can legally call themselves a “cosmetic surgeon.” Before you let anyone perform a procedure on your face or neck, you’ll want to make sure they have extensive training in those procedures.

Board-certified plastic and facial plastic surgeons have received extensive training and hands-on experience in facelift, neck lift and blepharoplasty procedures.  You’ll want someone certified by boards like:

  • American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • American Board of Plastic Surgery

Experience counts. When it comes to your face and neck, you want a facial plastic surgeon with a significant level of experience in performing the procedures you need. Sufficient experience is as necessary as credentials. If you’re considering a surgeon who just completed their surgical residency, consider this; most residency programs focus on reconstructive (injury repair) work rather than the cosmetic procedures you want.

About 100 facial plastic surgeons, spread across the country, worked with me at a nationwide facial plastic surgery practice. It provided a unique opportunity to gain a lot of experience. Business professionals ran our offices. Surgeons saw patients and performed facelift, neck lift, and blepharoplasty procedures. Sometimes we did several a day – 5 days a week – and many of us did more facelifts every year than most plastic surgeons do in a lifetime. We got a lot of practice. Remember what they say practice makes? Thanks to that unusual opportunity, I’ve done 6,000 face and neck lifts and 2,500 blepharoplasties so far.

While surgeons with similar experience may have skills that exceed their credentials, most highly talented facial plastic surgeons you’ll encounter are board-certified.

Find a Facial Plastic Surgeon in Inland Empire Using Online Reviews 

Once you’ve identified the right kind of surgeon with the right credentials for your needs, the next step is to check their online reviews. First, note their overall rating. Next, take time to read the reviews. You’ll want to get a sense of whether the surgeon’s good reviews reflect a high number of truly satisfied patients. You’ll also need to recognize whether their bad reviews reflect a substantial number of unhappy patients – or a few dissatisfied people out for revenge.

Remember: satisfied patients don’t often take time to write reviews. Dissatisfied ones frequently do.  This can make a good surgeon look bad. Shawn Achor taught Harvard’s popular Positive Psychology course and hosted The Happiness Advantage on PBS. He observed that people who focus on mistakes tend to find problems everywhere. Eminent social psychologist Dr. Elliot Aronson of Stanford University found that the act of publicly complaining about someone can make you strongly dislike them.

For these reasons, you can’t assume that when patients complain about the surgeon, the staff, and the customer service they received that these were truly deficient. They may have been. But a very bad review can actually reflect the patient’s strong emotions rather than the service they received. So, in considering reviews, you have to be a detective. A review’s tone and word choice can often indicate the real situation. A few bad reviews don’t mean you’ll have a bad experience at that facial plastic surgeon’s office. On the other hand, many good reviews can really say something about the practice.

Please note that patient satisfaction with facial plastic surgery is based on several things. The surgeon’s ability is one. The patient’s specific anatomy is another. How quickly and well the patient heals and recovers is a third factor. Of course, healing and recovery take time. They depend, not on the surgeon, but on your body. The final factor is patient expectations.  When patients are not satisfied with their results, any of these factors may be the true reason.  The patient may not have healed well.  Recovery may have taken longer than expected.  They may have had unrealistic goals.  Thus, an unhappy patient could indicate a poor procedure or that one of the other factors is the cause.

Take the right look at Before and After photos

Before and After pictures can tell you a lot about a facial plastic surgeon. Some doctors have photos that really look great.  But are these for the procedure you need? A surgeon who performs outstanding rhinoplasties (nose jobs) may not do as well with a lower facelift or blepharoplasty.

When looking at Before and After photos for your particular procedure, notice the improvement in specific areas, whether jowls, neck, nasolabial folds, or bags under the eyes. This will give you an idea of what you might expect. Please note, though: Surgery will not make you a new person. You’ll want to focus on the degree of improvement in specific areas. Even if the patient is not now ready for a modeling contract, the surgeon may have done outstanding work.

Time for An Online Consultation?

During the pandemic, most of us did a lot online, so you may prefer an online consultation. They certainly take less time. Of course, webcams can make you look your worst. So, it’s a good idea to send some photos before your online consultation. An experienced facial plastic surgeon can tell a lot from a good photo.

At the consultation, ask the surgeon the total cost for any procedures he or she recommends.  I let my patients know exactly what they can expect to pay so they can prepare accordingly.  My unusual level of experience has shown me ways to reduce your costs without lowering expectations for your results – see “How to Make a $16,000 Beverly Hills-Quality Facelift Cost Much Less” on LookYounger.News. Just having your facelift, neck lift, or blepharoplasty in Inland Empire can lower your costs – if you choose the right surgeon.

Want to look better on Zoom?  Choose the Right Facial Plastic Surgeon in Inland Empire

Zoom meetings may be with us for a while—you’ll want to look your best while you’re on them. Research shows that there’s a big advantage for looking good. Looking tired, old or unattractive carries an even bigger disadvantage. This is a great time to improve your appearance. Doing a good job when you choose a facial plastic surgeon in Inland Empire online is the first step. 

To get started, get in touch with Dr. Brian Machida by calling (800)-303-9541 or contacting STC Plastic Surgery online today!