A related criteria for the best plastic surgeon in New York city might be something to the effect of looking at who does the most of a given procedure. And the pros and cons of this criteria for the best plastic surgeon are pretty closely aligned with those that we discussed with regards to who's been in practice the longest. So the pros for someone that's done a lot of a given procedure are, again, they have a lot of experience, so they've had a really good chance to get it right and get their technique down. And also if someone has dealt with many, many patients, they've had the opportunity to generate many reviews and make a lot of impressions in the community. So you can get a good picture of who they are as a surgeon and as a person.
On the other hand, the person who does the most of a given procedure is not necessarily the best plastic surgeon for you, because quantity does not always equal quality. Someone who's doing a lot of a certain procedure could be repeating something bad over and over again. Maybe there is a flaw with their technique that's never been worked out for whatever reason, and they are just consistently producing results that are just okay. Taking a little bit more of a cynical approach, it's also possible that someone is who is doing an extremely high volume of any plastic surgery procedure is more concerned with quantity than quality. And maybe they're doing as many procedures as rapidly as they can, and they're not paying as close attention to the quality of their outcomes as someone who may be a little bit slower, who isn't doing quite the same volume that that surgeon is, but who's really taking their time and making sure they're getting it right each and every time, and for each patient.
Is the best plastic surgeon in NYC the person who has the most five star reviews? Well, on the positive side, obviously a lot of people are saying something good about this surgeon. On the other hand reviews, especially reviews online, should always be taken with a grain of salt. And this is something I had the opportunity to discuss with Allure a little while back. And it's really important to look at someone's review profile and to try to assess the authenticity of those reviews, because in fact, unfortunately, it's possible to purchase good reviews online, either outright with money or a little bit less directly, sometimes people will provide free services in exchange for positive reviews.
Perhaps one of the most popular criteria that we're using either consciously or subconsciously, when we're looking for the best plastic surgeon is, whoever comes up first in the Google search results. So a lot of people when they're looking for the best plastic surgeon in New York city will type right into Google, "Who is the best plastic surgeon in NYC?" And that's a very reasonable thing to do, because Google tends to have very advanced algorithms that can cut through a lot of information to provide relatively reliable search reviews. And at its core, since Google is looking to provide a good experience for its users, and to do that they have to provide clear authoritative answers to the questions that users are searching for, when you type in a query, "Looking for a great plastic surgeon," you are likely going to find some folks near the top of the results that are viewed as authorities.
However, just like any digital source, you can't believe everything you read on the internet at face value. And again, it's very important to vet the results that you're seeing from your search, by going through some of the steps and asking some of the questions that we discussed earlier in episode seven.
Is the best plastic surgeon in NYC the person that your best friend used for their procedure? Personal recommendations are an extremely reliable, in general, source of information for a lot of things, and plastic surgery is not an exception here. Things to look out for though, when you're speaking to your friend about aesthetic recommendations, are things like, does this person share your aesthetic ideals? Maybe this is someone who likes a more pronounced or obvious result, whereas you're someone who might like a little bit more of an under the radar, subtle results.
You may also value different things in a plastic surgeon. Someone may prioritize economic practicality while someone else may prioritize the comfort of their overall experience. So while your best friend clearly has your interests at heart, it's important to make sure that you're on the same page when you're discussing recommendations for an aesthetic provider or plastic surgeon. Another way that this can potentially get you into trouble is perhaps your friend had a really great rhinoplasty or nose job, and they're recommending their surgeon as the best plastic surgeon in the world, and this is someone who you absolutely have to go see. Well, maybe their surgeon is someone who does predominantly rhinoplasty, a nose job, and they're not doing much of say, liposuction, and you're really interested in liposuction. So while your friend may have had an excellent outcome, because they went to this surgeon for a nose job, and that surgeon does a lot of nose jobs, maybe your expectations would be a little bit different because that surgeon doesn't do a lot of liposuction, and may not have the same degree of expertise that you'd be looking for in someone to do your liposuction procedure.
As we continue on our quest to identify the best plastic surgeon in New York city, another extremely reliable source in general, is physician recommendations. Your doctor probably has a lot of patients that have had some kind of aesthetic procedure along the way, and their patients may have shared their experiences with your doctor. So your physician is able to provide some very good input with regards to the selection of a plastic surgeon, especially from a medical standpoint. They can get a sense of if that surgeon prioritized health and safety above everything else, and if things were really done according to the highest standard. Similarly though, to looking at your friend's recommendations, it's important to remember that your physician may not share your aesthetic ideals, or may not even be taking aesthetics into account at all when recommending a plastic surgeon for you. And they may be focusing solely on the safety and reliability of the surgeon that they're recommending. So again, you always want to do your homework and really dig in and get a full perspective on the recommendations you're getting, even from your doctor.