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What are some tips for comparing neck surgeons?

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Some tips for comparing neck surgeons include asking each surgeon questions and comparing the answers, reviewing before and after images if the surgery is cosmetic-based, reviewing the ease of making an emotional connection with each neck surgeon, and reviewing the experience level of each surgeon, says the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery and John Hopkins Medicine. It is also helpful to speak to a primary care doctor about the expertise of various neck surgeons.

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Patients should ask questions to the various neck surgeons in consideration and then compare the answers, notes John Hopkins Medicine. These questions should cover areas such as the surgeon's educational background, the surgeon's qualifications, the surgeon's experience with this particular type of neck surgery, details about how the surgery would be performed and details about what the patient should expect during recovery, reports John Hopkins Medicine.

It is recommended that the patient feel comfortable with his neck surgeon because there are likely to be follow-up appointments, and significant time spent with the surgeon's support staff, notes the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery. The best way for a patient to determine whether or not he feels comfortable with a surgeon and has a positive emotional connection is by scheduling a consultation with the surgeon where the patient can ask himself, "Do I like spending time with this surgeon?" notes the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery.

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