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What 
to 
look 
for 
in 
a 
Plas/c 
Surgeon 
By 
William 
F. 
DeLuca 
Jr., 
M.D. 
F.A.C.S 
Board 
Cer9fied 
Plas9c 
Surgeon 
and 
Member 
of 
the 
American 
Society 
of 
Plas9c 
Surgeons 
(ASPS) 
and 
American 
Society 
of 
Aesthe9c 
Plas9c 
Surgeons 
(ASAPS)
Part 
1: 
“Must 
Have” 
& 
“Should 
Have” 
Traits 
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The 
“Must 
Haves”… 
1. 
Board 
Cer/fica/on 
in 
Plas/c 
Surgery 
2. 
Hospital 
Privileges 
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The 
“Should 
Haves” 
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1. 
Experience 
Odds 
are, 
the 
more 
your 
surgeon 
has 
the 
beSer 
off 
you’ll 
be 
www.DeLucaPlas9cSurgery.com 
Rickie 
Fowler 
The 
“next” 
genera9on. 
Lot’s 
of 
talent 
but 
s9ll 
very 
erra9c 
and 
prone 
to 
errors. 
Phil 
Mickelson 
The 
“old 
guard”. 
Clutch 
under 
pressure. 
His 
results 
over 
the 
past 
19 
years 
as 
a 
pro 
do 
most 
of 
the 
talking.
2. 
References 
Get 
references 
and/or 
reviews 
from 
other 
pa/ents 
& 
doctors 
Do 
not 
trust 
only 
your 
ins9ncts 
when 
a 
scalpel 
is 
involved 
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3. 
Pa/ent 
& 
Safety-­‐First 
Philosophy 
How 
do 
they 
define 
what 
a 
successful 
experience/outcome 
for 
“May 
I 
always 
act 
so 
as 
to 
preserve 
the 
finest 
tradi9ons 
of 
my 
calling 
and 
may 
I 
long 
experience 
the 
joy 
of 
healing 
those 
who 
seek 
my 
help.” 
-­‐ 
Hippocrates 
(460–370 
BC) 
The 
importance 
of 
first-­‐class 
pre-­‐procedure 
& 
post-­‐surgery 
care 
can 
not 
be 
understated. 
www.DeLucaPlas9cSurgery.com 
you 
will 
be?
3a. 
Pa/ent 
& 
Safety-­‐First 
Philosophy 
My 
process 
for 
selec9ng 
the 
best 
procedure 
for 
YOU 
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3b. 
Pa/ent 
& 
Safety-­‐First 
Philosophy 
My 
Decision 
Matrix 
for 
Surgical 
vs 
Non-­‐Surgical 
• 
Price 
• 
Age 
• 
Expecta9ons/Desires 
• 
Down9me 
available 
for 
recovery 
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4. 
Reasonable 
Prices/Rates 
When 
choosing 
a 
cosme9c 
surgeon, 
does 
more 
expensive 
always 
= 
beSer? 
Why 
do 
plas9c 
surgeons 
in 
NYC 
cost 
so 
much 
more? 
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5. 
Training, 
Vision, 
Talent 
& 
Technique 
Surgeons 
that 
have 
high 
levels 
of 
the 
above 
• Minimize 
traits 
are 
surgeons 
who: 
scaring 
• Minimize 
down9me, 
speed 
up 
recovery 
• Minimize 
post-­‐opera9on 
complica9ons 
(key) 
• Deliver 
consistent 
& 
reproducible 
results 
(i.e. 
what 
you 
see 
in 
the 
before 
and 
aher 
photos 
is 
what 
you 
can 
reasonably 
expect 
to 
get) 
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6. 
Knows 
What 
to 
Do 
to 
Achieve 
the 
Opitmal 
Result 
It’s 
your 
Surgeon’s 
job 
to 
know 
what 
the 
best 
op9on 
is 
when 
there 
are 
more 
than 
1 
op9on 
(which 
is 
ohen 
the 
case). 
“His 
surgeon 
choose 
poorly…” 
-­‐ 
Temple 
Knight, 
Indian 
Jones 
In 
plas9c 
surgery, 
there 
are 
ohen 
several 
ways 
to 
address 
a 
cosme9c 
issue, 
but 
in 
most 
cases, 
one 
way 
is 
superior 
to 
all 
the 
rest 
– 
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7. 
Consistently 
Achieves 
GREAT 
Results 
www.DeLucaPlas9cSurgery.com 
Do 
they 
consistently 
produce 
great 
work? 
How 
many 
“average 
or 
just-­‐ok” 
movies 
has 
Steven 
Spielberg 
directed? 
Not 
many. 
Are 
their 
results 
natural 
and 
a]rac/ve?
Part 
2: 
Shortcuts, 
Gimmicks 
& 
Tricks 
www.DeLucaPlas9cSurgery.com
Shortcuts: 
Non-­‐Invasive 
≠ 
Long 
Las/ng 
Especially 
when 
it 
comes 
to 
cosme9c 
surgery 
• Examples: 
“Weekend 
facelihs”, 
“lifestyle 
facelihs”, 
etc. 
• “Achieve 
instantaneous 
perfecEon” 
… 
Really? 
• Healing 
takes 
9me 
– 
Las9ng 
results 
require 
healing 
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• The 
pa/ent 
has 
to 
be 
commi]ed 
to 
the 
procedure. 
• You 
need 
to 
follow 
post-­‐op 
care 
instruc9ons 
• If 
you 
want 
to 
have 
a 
facelih, 
there 
is 
going 
to 
be 
2-­‐3 
weeks 
of 
healing 
involved. 
It’s 
not 
overnight. 
Surgeons 
who 
give 
the 
impression 
that 
it 
isn’t 
a 
big 
deal 
should 
not 
be 
taken 
at 
their 
word.
Gimmicks: 
The 
Oprah 
Effect 
Why 
the 
‘latest’ 
media 
darling 
isn’t 
always 
the 
greatest 
or 
safest. 
• “Thread 
Lic” 
-­‐ 
aka 
single 
s9tch 
“weekend” 
facelih 
• Thermage 
-­‐ 
non-­‐surgical 
skin 
9ghtening 
using 
radio 
frequency 
• 
“SmartLipo” 
-­‐ 
aka 
‘laser 
liposuc9on’ 
for 
large 
areas 
• Breast 
Augmenta9on 
through 
the 
belly-­‐buSon 
(“scar 
free!”) 
• “Twilight 
Surgery” 
-­‐ 
aka 
using 
local 
anesthesia 
for 
major 
procedures 
like 
liposuc9on 
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Tricks: 
Limited 
Post-­‐Procedure 
Care 
• Salesman 
Great 
surgeons 
provide 
Surgeon 
vs 
Ar/st-­‐Engineer: 
You 
should 
great 
care 
never 
feel 
like 
you’re 
being 
“sold” 
during 
any 
part 
of 
the 
consulta9on. 
Good 
salesmen 
focus 
on 
the 
sell. 
Good 
MDs 
focus 
on 
the 
result. 
• What 
does 
their 
personal 
fee 
cover 
in 
terms 
of 
pre 
& 
post-­‐op 
care?? 
In 
my 
prac/ce: 
ü Pa9ents 
can 
call 
me 
any9me 
(especially 
aher 
surgery). 
Our 
phone 
system 
forwards 
to 
my 
cell 
phone. 
ü Aher 
surgery, 
I 
offer 
pa9ents 
as 
many 
follow-­‐up 
visits 
as 
they 
need 
or 
want 
at 
no 
addi9onal 
cost. 
If 
there 
are 
any 
complica9ons 
aher 
surgery, 
what’s 
your 
surgeon’s 
revision 
policy? 
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both 
before 
& 
acer 
your 
procedure.
In 
Other 
Words… 
Seek 
out 
a 
surgeon 
more 
like 
Captain 
Sully 
www.DeLucaPlas9cSurgery.com 
(or 
Viper)
In 
Other 
Words… 
*Of 
course, 
many 
Vipers 
started 
out 
as 
Mavericks. 
The 
difference 
is, 
they’ve 
added 
www.DeLucaPlas9cSurgery.com 
wisdom 
& 
experience 
to 
their 
arsenal 
of 
confidence, 
ins2nct, 
passion 
and 
talent. 
And 
less 
like 
Maverick*
Thanks 
for 
listening. 
Ques9ons 
or 
comments? 
Please 
don’t 
hesitate 
to 
contact 
me 
any9me 
at: 
Office: 
(518) 
724-­‐2444 
Email: 
info@delucaplas9csurgery.com 
DeLuca 
Plastic 
Surgery 
5 
Ulenski 
Drive 
Albany, 
NY 
12205 
www.DeLucaPlas9cSurgery.com

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What to Look For in a Plastic Surgeon by William F. DeLuca, MD

  • 1. What to look for in a Plas/c Surgeon By William F. DeLuca Jr., M.D. F.A.C.S Board Cer9fied Plas9c Surgeon and Member of the American Society of Plas9c Surgeons (ASPS) and American Society of Aesthe9c Plas9c Surgeons (ASAPS)
  • 2. Part 1: “Must Have” & “Should Have” Traits www.DeLucaPlas9cSurgery.com
  • 3. The “Must Haves”… 1. Board Cer/fica/on in Plas/c Surgery 2. Hospital Privileges www.DeLucaPlas9cSurgery.com
  • 4. The “Should Haves” www.DeLucaPlas9cSurgery.com
  • 5. 1. Experience Odds are, the more your surgeon has the beSer off you’ll be www.DeLucaPlas9cSurgery.com Rickie Fowler The “next” genera9on. Lot’s of talent but s9ll very erra9c and prone to errors. Phil Mickelson The “old guard”. Clutch under pressure. His results over the past 19 years as a pro do most of the talking.
  • 6. 2. References Get references and/or reviews from other pa/ents & doctors Do not trust only your ins9ncts when a scalpel is involved www.DeLucaPlas9cSurgery.com
  • 7. 3. Pa/ent & Safety-­‐First Philosophy How do they define what a successful experience/outcome for “May I always act so as to preserve the finest tradi9ons of my calling and may I long experience the joy of healing those who seek my help.” -­‐ Hippocrates (460–370 BC) The importance of first-­‐class pre-­‐procedure & post-­‐surgery care can not be understated. www.DeLucaPlas9cSurgery.com you will be?
  • 8. 3a. Pa/ent & Safety-­‐First Philosophy My process for selec9ng the best procedure for YOU www.DeLucaPlas9cSurgery.com
  • 9. 3b. Pa/ent & Safety-­‐First Philosophy My Decision Matrix for Surgical vs Non-­‐Surgical • Price • Age • Expecta9ons/Desires • Down9me available for recovery www.DeLucaPlas9cSurgery.com
  • 10. 4. Reasonable Prices/Rates When choosing a cosme9c surgeon, does more expensive always = beSer? Why do plas9c surgeons in NYC cost so much more? www.DeLucaPlas9cSurgery.com
  • 11. 5. Training, Vision, Talent & Technique Surgeons that have high levels of the above • Minimize traits are surgeons who: scaring • Minimize down9me, speed up recovery • Minimize post-­‐opera9on complica9ons (key) • Deliver consistent & reproducible results (i.e. what you see in the before and aher photos is what you can reasonably expect to get) www.DeLucaPlas9cSurgery.com
  • 12. 6. Knows What to Do to Achieve the Opitmal Result It’s your Surgeon’s job to know what the best op9on is when there are more than 1 op9on (which is ohen the case). “His surgeon choose poorly…” -­‐ Temple Knight, Indian Jones In plas9c surgery, there are ohen several ways to address a cosme9c issue, but in most cases, one way is superior to all the rest – www.DeLucaPlas9cSurgery.com
  • 13. 7. Consistently Achieves GREAT Results www.DeLucaPlas9cSurgery.com Do they consistently produce great work? How many “average or just-­‐ok” movies has Steven Spielberg directed? Not many. Are their results natural and a]rac/ve?
  • 14. Part 2: Shortcuts, Gimmicks & Tricks www.DeLucaPlas9cSurgery.com
  • 15. Shortcuts: Non-­‐Invasive ≠ Long Las/ng Especially when it comes to cosme9c surgery • Examples: “Weekend facelihs”, “lifestyle facelihs”, etc. • “Achieve instantaneous perfecEon” … Really? • Healing takes 9me – Las9ng results require healing www.DeLucaPlas9cSurgery.com • The pa/ent has to be commi]ed to the procedure. • You need to follow post-­‐op care instruc9ons • If you want to have a facelih, there is going to be 2-­‐3 weeks of healing involved. It’s not overnight. Surgeons who give the impression that it isn’t a big deal should not be taken at their word.
  • 16. Gimmicks: The Oprah Effect Why the ‘latest’ media darling isn’t always the greatest or safest. • “Thread Lic” -­‐ aka single s9tch “weekend” facelih • Thermage -­‐ non-­‐surgical skin 9ghtening using radio frequency • “SmartLipo” -­‐ aka ‘laser liposuc9on’ for large areas • Breast Augmenta9on through the belly-­‐buSon (“scar free!”) • “Twilight Surgery” -­‐ aka using local anesthesia for major procedures like liposuc9on www.DeLucaPlas9cSurgery.com
  • 17. Tricks: Limited Post-­‐Procedure Care • Salesman Great surgeons provide Surgeon vs Ar/st-­‐Engineer: You should great care never feel like you’re being “sold” during any part of the consulta9on. Good salesmen focus on the sell. Good MDs focus on the result. • What does their personal fee cover in terms of pre & post-­‐op care?? In my prac/ce: ü Pa9ents can call me any9me (especially aher surgery). Our phone system forwards to my cell phone. ü Aher surgery, I offer pa9ents as many follow-­‐up visits as they need or want at no addi9onal cost. If there are any complica9ons aher surgery, what’s your surgeon’s revision policy? www.DeLucaPlas9cSurgery.com both before & acer your procedure.
  • 18. In Other Words… Seek out a surgeon more like Captain Sully www.DeLucaPlas9cSurgery.com (or Viper)
  • 19. In Other Words… *Of course, many Vipers started out as Mavericks. The difference is, they’ve added www.DeLucaPlas9cSurgery.com wisdom & experience to their arsenal of confidence, ins2nct, passion and talent. And less like Maverick*
  • 20. Thanks for listening. Ques9ons or comments? Please don’t hesitate to contact me any9me at: Office: (518) 724-­‐2444 Email: info@delucaplas9csurgery.com DeLuca Plastic Surgery 5 Ulenski Drive Albany, NY 12205 www.DeLucaPlas9cSurgery.com