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- We verify that all the providers in our directory have the right medical qualifications - and we recheck their qualifications every year.
- The reviews on our site are written by real people - just like you. No practice or provider can pay to remove a bad review.
- The providers listed in our directory are committed to to earning your trust by being transparent and on time.
- Search by location, treatment, business, or even the body part you'd like improved!
You need to find someone you can trust. Search our recommended providers below!
- Dr. Hagerty | Premier Body and Laser | Spokane Valley, WA
- Services: Dark Spots, Fat Transfer, Liposuction, Tattoo Removal
- Dr. Jennifer Greer | Greer Plastic Surgery | Cleveland, OH
- Services: Botox, Breast Augmentation, Breast Implant Removal, Breast Lift, Breast Reduction, Brow Lift, Chemical Peels, CoolSculpting, Dermaplaning, Dermasweep, Eye Lift, Face Lift, Facials, Fillers, Laser Skin Treatments, Liposuction, Massage, Micro-Needling, Mommy Makeover, Plastic Surgery, Skin Removal, Thread Lift, Tummy Tuck, Waxing
It sounds easy, but it's not. Finding the best doctor requires time and research. You can't always count on your friends to divulge exactly who gave them that dewy glow and gorgeous lifted silhouette. And no matter what you might hear, Instagram and social media are not the place to find a plastic surgeon!
So how do you find the very best doctor or esthetician, business or spa?
We verify that all the experts listed in our directory are qualified. Here’s what we look for:
States license doctors to practice medicine. We look at the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) website, DocInfo.org. There we search a physician's board certification, education, residency, the states where he or she is licensed, and check for actions taken related to malpractice or disciplinary actions. We also look at the number of years he or she has been in practice AND we look for reviews indicating the doctor has a great bedside manner.
- If needed, we also search the physician licensing board in the state where the doctor practices medicine.
- We may double check board certification on CertificationMatters.org (certification through the American Board of Medical Specialties), the American Board of Physician Specialties, the American Osteopathic Association, or the American Board of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery.
What's board certification? A board is an organization that doctors can join. They have to meet certain requirements to become a member. It guarantees that a doctor has met a minimum competency requirement within their specialty. Around 90% of practicing medical doctors in the U.S. are board-certified.
- We check to see the states where the doctor has practiced using the American Medical Association's DoctorFinder. From there, we look for suspensions and use Google search to find any lawsuits or malpractice claims. Malpractice suits and disciplinary actions don't always carry over from one state board to the next, so if necessary, we check each state board individually.
- Most states require a criminal background check to license a doctor. There are only a few states that don't: Alaska, Connecticut, Hawaii, Missouri, and Rhode Island. Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands don't do criminal background checks either. You can verify this information on the Federation of State Medical Boards website.
- Because sometimes different doctors have the same name, we cross reference the information we gather to ensure we don't make mistakes.
Like physicians, nurses are licensed to practice by the states where they work. We use Nursys.com which is a part of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing. Through Nursys, we are able to verify a nurse's license, discipline, and practice privileges for RNs and LPN / LVNs licensed in all 31 states participating in the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC). If a state is not a part of the NLC, we contact that state's board of nursing directly to verify a nurse's status.
All state boards of nursing ask applicants very specific questions about past criminal history. Answers are evaluated prior to state licensure. Many of the states have tried to pass legislation requiring criminal background checks, but so far the legislation has not passed.
We look for nurses who have advanced training in cosmetic injectables, lasers, peels, micro-needling and any other services which they offer.
47 states plus Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C. have statutes regarding dietetics, dietitions and nutritionists. We use the Commission on Dietetic Registration's credential verification system. (To list in our directory, a dietician must share his or her photo ID, CDR issued registration identification number, and the primary state of residence.) We look for any record of disciplinary action by emailing the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. To be listed the dietician must have one of the following:
- Registered Dietician (RD), meaning the dietician's credentials can be verified by the Commission on Dietetic Registration.
- Registered Dietician Nutritionist (RDN), meaning the dietician's credentials can be verified by the Commission on Dietetic Registration.
- Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS), which means they are board certified by the American Nutrition Association (ANA).
There are several names for these skincare specialists. You'll hear them called aestheticians, estheticians, or facialists.
We look for formal training from a cosmetology or esthetician program and a license from the state in which he or she practices. We also verify that the esthetician has extensive knowledge of skin care products and treatments - and years of experience. If there are reviews available, we'll find them.
Electrologists use needle electrolysis to permanently remove hair.
Many states (but not all) license electrologists. If the electrologist practices in a state that does license, then we verify his or her license. If a state does not require licensing, we look for voluntary certifications like the Certified Professional Electrologist (CPE) credential or membership in professional organizations like the American Electrology Association (AEA). Completed continuing education coursework is helpful as well.
**It takes a lot of time and effort to research a provider's qualifications and reviews. Because of this, we charge for listings in our directory.
Here are some things YOU should look for in a medical aesthetics provider:
Your provider should use brand name, FDA approved injectables, made by reputable manufacturers known for their quality:
FDA Approved Neurotoxins:
- Botox®, Botox Cosmetic | Made by Allergan
- Dysport® | Made by Medicis Pharmaceutical Corp.
- Xeomin® | Made by Merz Pharmaceuticals
- Jeuveau® | Made by Evolus, Inc.
*All botulinum toxins should be reconstituted (mixed) as directed by the manufacturer.
FDA Approved Threads for Thread Lifts:
- NovaThreads® | Made by Aesthetic Experts Labs Ltd.
- Silhouette InstaLift® | Made by Sinclair Pharma
- There may be other threads that are FDA approved, but I couldn't find them on the FDA website. I'd recommend sticking with one of these 2 well known brands for now. (I can tell you that I have manufacturers from China emailing me weekly about threads for thread lifts. It's unlikely the threads they're trying to sell me are FDA approved!)
- Restylane® (Refyne, Defyne, Lyft, Silk, Restylane-L) | Made by Q-Med AB a subsidiary of Galderma Laboratories
- Juvederm® (Vollure XC, Volbella XC, Voluma XC, Ultra XC, Ultra Plus XC, 24HV, 30, 30HV, & Zyderm Collagen Implant) | Made by Allergan
- Belotero Balance® | Made by Merz Pharmaceuticals
- Sculptra®, Sculptra Aesthetic | Made by Sanofi Aventis U.S.
- Evolence Collagen Filler | Made by Colbar Lifescience
- Radiesse® | Made by Bioform Medical, Inc.
- Captique®, Hylaform®, Prevelle Silk® | Made by Genzyme Biosurgery
- Cosmoderm 1® | Made by Inamed Corporation
- Elevess® | Made by Anika Therapeutics
- Artefill® | Made by Suneva Medical, Inc.
- Fibrel® | Made by Serono Laboratories
- Zyplast® | Made by Collagen Corp.
Variety of Treatments:
You'll have more options with providers who offer a range of treatments. For example, there are many ways to treat wrinkles. There are fillers and Botox, lasers and chemical peels, etc. Fillers and Botox work really well for wrinkles, but they won't treat dark spots. A chemical peel will treat wrinkles AND dark spots.
Your provider should talk to you about the advantages and disadvantages of each treatment - and help you to choose the best one for your particular situation.
Many providers offer free consultations prior to a treatment. Use them to ask questions and make sure you feel good about the practice. Take advantage of opportunities like these!
Aesthetics changes rapidly. New products and techniques are being developed all the time. So finding a provider who is committed to continuing his / her education and learning best practices will ensure you get the finest treatment possible.
You should be asked to sign an informed consent agreement prior to your treatment. This reassures your provider that you're aware of the risks & benefits of treatment, how long your results should last, how to care for yourself afterward, and that you know when & how to contact your provider if you have problems.
Cleanliness & Safety:
The provider's office should be clean, well maintained. You should feel safe and comfortable. It should smell clean.
You should see your provider wash his / her hands. Gloves should be changed between patients.
Needles should be kept in protective, sterile packaging.
Metal instruments should be cleaned using an autoclave between patients. Treatment rooms should be disinfected between patients.
Your provider should keep accurate records of all treatments performed for each of his or her patients.
QUESTIONS YOU SHOULD ASK:
You should ask your provider, "How many times have you done this procedure?" The more experience, the better!
You should ask to see before & after photos of the treatment you're seeking. Look for results achieved by that provider. People with less experience may show you before and after photos from someone else (like the manufacturer of the laser they use OR Botox / filler results from Allergan). They do this because they don't have their own photos to share - and that's a warning sign. While the results shown in manufacturer photos are possible, those results were achieved by someone other than the provider you're talking to. It's very important to find a provider with experience and skill in the treatment you want.
Ask friends for provider recommendations. Was your friend happy with the outcome? Did the provider listen? Did he or she answer your friend's questions? If something went wrong, was it easy to get a hold of someone who could help?
Answer honestly when your provider asks you questions. Some things - like smoking - can dramatically affect the results of surgery. As you know, plastic surgery reshapes or moves tissue to improve the appearance or function of a body part. (Think facelift, tummy tuck or breast reduction.) During procedures like these, part of the blood supply is cut. In nonsmokers this isn't a problem because there is plenty of collateral circulation. But in people exposed to nicotine, the tissue blood supply is already compromised. Surgery may prevent their tissue from getting enough oxygen. They may not heal well, and in some cases, parts of their skin may necrose (die). For this reason, many plastic surgeons require that their patients stop smoking 4 weeks prior to surgery.
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- Dr. Rod J. Rohrich is a plastic surgeon in Dallas, Texas. He is also a Clinical Professor and Founding Chair for the University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center, Department of Plastic Surgery.
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- Dr. Umang Mehta is a double board-certified, Beverly Hills-trained specialist in facial plastic and reconstructive with a practice in Atherton, California.
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- Dr. Marc Mani is a plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills, California. He was named one of the country’s ten leading plastic surgeons by Forbes Magazine.
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