When it comes to surgery of any kind, there’s no such thing as being too careful — and that goes for cosmetic surgery as well. Any cosmetic procedure should be a safe and positive experience, start to finish, and in order for that to happen, it begins with finding the right physician for the job. Patients must do their due diligence in terms of researching options before selecting a doctor. Key factors to consider include:
Is the doctor board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery or the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery? (SB TIP: Both of these organizations are great places to start your research for a physician.)
Do they specialize in the specific procedure you’re looking to have performed? (Remember the old saying: “A jack of all trades is a master of none!”)
Does their style and approach feel comfortable to you?
Is the facility fully accredited and accommodating to your needs?
- Does the physician with whom you plan to work have an on-site surgical center at their office? (SB TIP: If they do, verify its accreditation.) It is important to note that not all cosmetic surgery is safe in an outpatient facility. Some may need to be done at the hospital — your physician can help make the right decision with you.
Additionally, Dr. Phillip Langsdon, a renowned facial plastic surgery specialist and founder of The Langsdon Clinic, advises, “Do they have credentials at a local hospital to do the same procedures? I would not have a procedure that requires sedation in any facility with a physician who does not have the same credentials in a hospital setting.”
When it comes to selecting a facility, many people don’t realize that their overall experience can be very different at an on-site surgery center versus having an outpatient procedure at a large hospital. An in-house or adjacent surgery center offers a doctor and staff focused solely on a specific type of surgery (in this case, cosmetic), which offers added security in knowing that yours is a team that is highly familiar with the procedure being carried out. “There are usually lots of different types of surgical cases and many different doctors at other facilities,” Dr. Langsdon explains. “The nurses and staff may be very good, but their work may or may not be focused on cosmetic surgery.”
All state-licensed surgical facilities — whether hospital-owned or an individually operated specialized office like the one adjacent to The Langsdon Clinic — must meet stringent health safety criteria, including a yearly inspection. And all “state-licensed” outpatient facilities, which are formally known as ambulatory surgical treatment centers, are regulated, inspected, and certified by the state. “The advantages of a Tennessee-licensed outpatient surgical facility located on-site or next to an office that specializes in cosmetic procedures are efficiency, privacy, cost control, and the knowledge that the staff works daily with the same doctor in a very routine and disciplined manner,” Dr. Langsdon explains. “There is a vast difference between the facility with occasional cosmetic cases and the facility that only does cosmetic surgery and does so on a daily basis.”
To Dr. Langsdon’s point, patients of The Langsdon Clinic frequently cite the friendly, caring, and professional staff as one of the main reasons they feel safe and happy with their experience. “Everyone works together for a very positive experience,” remarked one patient on a recent response form. Another commented on how soothing she found the staff to be – definitely what you want in a team taking care of you at such a vulnerable time.
When asked what they liked most about the availability of the on-site surgery center at The Langsdon Clinic, patients often speak to the fact that they don’t have to go to a hospital for their procedure: “The fact that it is part of the office and I didn’t need to go to a hospital for my surgery,” “Most of all, the privacy of not being in a hospital,” and “The cleanliness, the knowledge of the patient, and the comfortable atmosphere” are just a few comments that support the same sentiment.
While not all cosmetic surgery is appropriate for an out-patient setting due to the type of surgery or length of the case, when it is appropriate, there can be several benefits. One major benefit is that no expensive overnight hospital stay is required, and most patients find that recuperating at home is much less stressful. Dr. Langsdon’s patients are provided with a full set of post-operative instructions that are reviewed with both the patient and accompanying loved ones to ensure recuperation is safe and as comfortable as possible.
If you are considering a cosmetic procedure and are in the initial stages of researching your physician options, don’t overlook the importance of an on-site surgery center. It may just be the safest, most comfortable option for plastic surgery you haven’t considered.
The Langsdon Clinic is located at 7499 Poplar Pike, Germantown, TN 38138. To learn more about the practice and services offered, visit drlangsdon.com or call (901) 755-6465. And please note again that not all cosmetic surgery is safe in an outpatient facility. Some may need to be done at the hospital — your physician can help make the right decision with you.
This article is sponsored by The Langsdon Clinic. All photography provided by The Langsdon Clinic.