Q: What kind of surgical procedures and services do you offer?
A: Crystal Clinic Plastic Surgeons specializes in plastic, reconstructive, cosmetic and hand surgery. Procedures include abdominoplasty (tummy tucks), breast surgery, eye lid surgery, face lifts, liposuction, nasal surgery, laser surgery, hand surgery, sclerotherapy for varicose veins, surgery following weight loss, skin cancer surgery, and non-invasive, office procedures like soft tissue fillers and Botox™. For a complete list of procedures performed by our doctors, see our Procedure Page.
Q. What kind of skin care products do you sell?
A. Crystal Clinic Plastic Surgeons prescribes and sells medically-based skin care products that have been shown to be some of the most clinically effective products on the market today. Specifically, we carry the ObagiNu Derm System and SkinMedica products.
Q: What are your costs? Will my insurance cover the costs?
A: Your questions about our fees and payment options are always welcome. Since procedures vary for each patient, please schedule an appointment to discuss specific costs with one of our physicians. Crystal Clinic Plastic Surgeons participates in most major insurance plans, managed care organizations (HMOs and PPOs), Medicare and Medicaid. Specific coverages may vary, so patients are encouraged to discuss particulars with us before treatment begins. When insurance coverage applies, we will prepare and submit your insurance claims for you. For elective and uncovered procedures, we provide other payment options, including Visa, Mastercard and payment plan loans.
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Q: How do I choose a qualified plastic surgeon?
A: Checking your doctors’ credentials is key before choosing plastic surgery. As more and more Americans choose to have plastic surgery, the need to check doctors’ medical credentials becomes paramount. In fact, one of the most important steps an individual can take in preparation for surgery is to carefully research and select the right plastic surgeon.
“Cosmetic surgeons are not the same as board-certified plastic surgeons who must study in medical school,” said ABC TV’s 20/20 anchor Diane Sawyer in a November 3 broadcast. “Some (non-board certified) doctors pick up surgery techniques at a few weekend workshops and start practicing.”
“Patients should make sure their surgeon is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery,” said C. Lin Puckett, MD, President of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. “To be certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS), a physician must pass comprehensive written and oral examinations on the entire field of plastic and reconstructive surgery. This is one more protective step for the patient and, according to a recent issue of Newsweek magazine ‘the gold standard in plastic surgery.’ ”
“Determining if your surgeon is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons is another appropriate step in your selection process,” said Dr. Puckett. “All ASPS members are certified by ABPS and are uniquely qualified to perform both cosmetic and reconstructive procedures.”
By choosing an ASPS member plastic surgeon, patients are assured that the physician has graduated from an accredited medical school and completed at least five years of additional residency, usually three years of general surgery and two years of plastic surgery.
“While good credentials can’t guarantee you a successful outcome, they can significantly increase the odds,” said Dr. Puckett.
In fact, according to a November, 1998 report by ABC News Medical Editor Timothy Johnson, MD, “The safest way to avoid problems is to insist that your surgeon is really fully trained and credentialed in plastic and reconstructive surgery. They are the ones who spend their time, their full residency, in learning how to do these procedures.”
Some other questions potential patients should ask before deciding on a plastic surgeon include:
Do you have hospital privileges to perform this procedure? At which hospitals?
Even if your surgery will be performed in the doctor’s own surgical facility, he or she should have privileges to perform that procedure at an accredited hospital in your community. It means the surgeon is subject to approval by a body of his or her peers. Call the hospital to make sure.
Where will you perform my surgery?
What are the risks involved with my procedure?
How many procedures of this type have you performed?
Can I contact some of your former patients who have had this procedure?
How long of a recovery period can I expect?
Will I be required to take time off work? For how long?
“Finally, remember that plastic surgery is surgery,” said Dr. Puckett, “and as with all surgery, there are inherent risks. By doing your homework first, however, those risks are reduced.”
For detailed information on Crystal Clinic Plastic Surgeon’s physicians experience and qualifications, please see the About Us page about Our Doctors.
(Note: Information taken from Plastic Surgery Information Center. Consumers may call the Plastic Surgery Information Center at 1-800-635-0635.)
Q: I’ve decided on elective surgery. What is my first step?
A: Your first step is to choose a qualified plastic surgeon, make sure your surgeon has completed an accredited Plastic Surgeon Residency, is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and has privilege's to do your specific procedure at the major area hospitals. Please see “How do I choose a qualified surgeon?” Once you have chosen your physician, set up an appointment for a consultation. To set up an appointment with one of the qualified physicians at Crystal Clinic Plastic Surgeons, please call 330-668-4065 or 1-800-662-4043 x4221.
Q: I’m concerned about privacy. Will my surgery be confidential?
A: Crystal Clinic Plastic Surgeons understands your need for privacy and takes care to keep your decision to have cosmetic surgery confidential. We have our own surgical staff dedicated to your confidentiality, and your cosmetic procedure will be done in our private, certified surgical suite and recovery room. A separate entrance and waiting room are available for cosmetic surgery patients. We even take great care not to mail information to your home unless you have given us permission to do so.
Q: Where are you located?
A: For your convenience, Crystal Clinic Plastic Surgeons has three office locations in Green, Hudson, Montrose. Please visit the page of an office nearest you for more information, directions and maps.