Choosing the Right Plastic Surgeon

Choosing a plastic surgeon is a vital step in your cosmetic surgery process. If you want to accomplish your aesthetic goals, you will need to find a surgeon who is qualified, reputable, and capable of performing your required procedure. 

Dr. Racanelli, who himself is board-certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Surgery, knows that choosing the correct surgeon can truly determine the success of the operation. He prides himself on being voted by New Jersey Monthly Magazine as one of the top doctors in plastic and reconstructive surgery in the state of New Jersey.

Dr. Racanelli recommends going through the proper research to find the right surgeon for you, wherever you may be located. To do so, we’ve provided a few key factors to consider when choosing your plastic surgeon.


The first and most important qualification for choosing a plastic surgeon is their credentials. If your surgeon doesn’t have a medical degree and board certification then they are obviously not qualified to perform cosmetic procedures.

Knowing that your surgeon has received adequate training is essential to having a good operation. Check their credentials online or ask for them directly from your potential surgeon. They should also hold accreditation from the American Board of Plastic Surgery in addition to their medical degree and board certification.

Facility Credentials

It is also exceedingly important that the facility where your potential surgeon operates is accredited as well. You need to make sure the equipment, operating rooms, and other key factors are all up to standard. There are too many horror stories out there of sub-par facilities that lead to infections and botched surgeries. 

If the facility’s accreditations are not presented in a clear and concise manner on their website, you should get in touch with the establishment and inquire about their accreditation status.


While many doctors such as Dr. Racanelli are experts in a variety of different plastic surgeries and will give you the best procedure possible, consider focusing your research on surgeons that specialize in the procedure you are interested in. For example, if you live in Miami and want to get a Brazilian Butt Lift, or BBL, look for Miami surgeons that specialize in that procedure. 

Referrals and Recommendations

Talk to your primary doctor and see if they can provide you with a referral for a plastic surgeon who specializes in a procedure you are considering. Primary care offices often provide referrals to reputable surgeons that they know perform effective surgeries at accredited facilities. 

Additionally, ask people you know that have had successful plastic surgeries where they have gone. If they have a surgeon that they love, schedule a consultation. Even if that surgeon does not specialize in your specific surgery, reputable plastic surgeons have substantial networks and surely will have someone they trust and recommend.


Yes, that’s plural for a reason. After doing your research you will hopefully have a couple of surgeons that you are interested in. A good surgeon will offer free consultations, so take advantage and schedule consultations with multiple surgeons. 

Even if all of the surgeons you are looking at meet your expectations for qualifications, it is a good idea to speak to a few in person and see which one you are comfortable with. Plastic surgery is an intimate process and you want to have someone that you can open up to about your goal and insecurities, and can trust to help you throughout the whole process.

Choosing Your Surgeon

Once you’ve done your due diligence and completed your consultations, pick the surgeon that is right for you. At this point you will have chosen a reputable and qualified surgeon and can begin the steps to meeting your cosmetic goals. Good luck!

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