How do you choose the “RIGHT” Cosmetic Plastic Surgeon?

Plastic Surgeon & Medical Spa Serving Newport Beach, Orange County & the Greater Los Angeles Area of California

Posted: September 14, 2011

There are so many options to choose from when choosing a provider for your plastic surgery needs. How do you choose? How can you be sure you’re getting a qualified, competent plastic surgeon? There are several things you should look for:

Check Board Certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS)

A doctor’s board-certification is the best indicator of his or her training in a particular medical or surgical specialty. Certification by the ABPS means that the plastic surgeon has graduated from an accredited medical school, that he has completed 4 to 7 years of surgical training and 2 to 4 years of plastic surgery subspecialty training, and has passed comprehensive written and oral examinations. You can search for a prospective physician to see if they are board certified, and if so, in what specialties. Dr. Richard Lee is Board-Certified, American Board of Plastic Surgery; Certified, United States Medical Licensing Examination; Advanced Trauma Life Support

Membership in the American Society of Plastic Surgeons

This is a symbol of excellence in the field of plastic surgery. Its members are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS), are peer reviewed, and meet continuing education requirements. Dr. Richard Lee is a Member, American Society of Plastic Surgeons

Hospital privileges at reputable hospital

The hospitals thoroughly credential the physicians before approving their application to the medical staff. Check to make sure that the surgeon has plastic surgery privileges at the hospitals that they are on staff at. Dr. Lee is on staff and has privileges at both Saddleback Memorial and Hoag Hospital. He operates out of Laguna Hills Surgery Center and Newport Beach Surgery Center. Both have excellent board certified anesthesiologists.

Check reliable sources

There are popular review websites like where you can learn firsthand what patients think of the surgeon, their surgery and the staff. The surgeon’s board-certification should always be verified independently by contacting the American Board of Plastic Surgery ( ASAPS’ web site, also offers extensive information about cosmetic surgical procedures.

Check Thoroughness

The consultation is an important opportunity for questions to be asked and answered. It should include a candid discussion of risks as well as benefits of the surgery. A thorough consultation also involves a review of medical history including any existing medical conditions. All these factors help the surgeon to custom-tailor the operation to best meet the needs of each patient. Dr. Lee can spend up to an hour with every new patient. Dr. Lee explains technique in detail and educates with pictures and examples. He gives honest expectations.

Artistic Results

Many overlook the importance of artistic skill in the field of plastic surgery. Ask to see more examples at the office. Website photos are a reliable source.

Check Experience

Experienced aesthetic plastic surgeons generally perform a wide range of cosmetic surgeries on a regular basis. Patients should ask about the surgeon’s experience with the particular procedure being considered. Dr. Lee graduated from John Hopkins, the number 1 hospital in the United States. Dr. Lee specializes in full Body Lifts, Tummy Tucks, Breasts, Face, Arms, Thighs as well as non-surgical injections for aesthetic purposes.

Dr. Richard Lee
361 Hospital Road, Suite 424
Newport Beach, CA 92663