The first step in getting the best plastic surgery, as our Philadelphia-area Cirillo Institute team advises, is finding a top-notch surgeon. Our plastic surgeon, Dr. Laura Gowen, is board certified, experienced in a wide range of procedures, and highly regarded in the industry. Interested patients can read her CV online, as well as see before-and-after photos that reveal the results of her work.

Not every plastic surgeon can claim all of those benefits. In fact, given the vast number of surgeons to choose from, the process of locating the ideal doctor for you can seem a little intimidating at first.

With so many choices available, how do you know which one is the most suitable for your specific type of surgery? Your face and body are nothing to play around with, and you don’t just want any doctor. You need someone who knows what they are doing and is exceptionally skilled.

No matter where you are in the country, here are some things to think about when investigating a plastic surgeon:


Having a plastic surgeon who is board certified, has many years of experience, is licensed, and has received the proper training in this particular field will make your chosen procedure much safer. To make sure that your provider is who they say they are, be sure to verify their credentials online. Look them up on the American Board of Medical Specialties website, as well as your state medical board, and check out any background information you can find. 

Bedside Manner

Are the surgeon and their staff welcoming and easy to talk to? Do you feel comfortable around them? Although charm isn’t the most important quality to look for, it’s better to choose someone you feel like you can trust and talk openly with. Any time a surgeon is disrespectful or makes you feel pressured, this should raise a red flag.  


Many people find a great plastic surgeon through word of mouth. Ask your friends, loved ones, general practitioner, and anyone you know who has had plastic surgery in the local area for recommendations. You can also search for a specific plastic surgeon online and take a look at what other patients have said in reviews or private forums. 

Proper Surgical Facilities

Good plastic surgery requires a lot of planning. The pre-procedure research can be a time-consuming process, but it’s worth the effort to maximize your results and minimize risk. In addition to the surgeon, consider the physical location where surgery would happen. It’s important to go to an accredited facility, because they adhere to strict standards for cleanliness, equipment, medications, supplies, and anesthesia. 

Looking for a quality plastic surgeon in the Philadelphia, PA, area? Talk to Dr. Laura Gowen and her team at The Cirillo Institute, serving Bryn Mawr, Newtown Square, and the surrounding region. Get to know more about us by calling 610.525.0500 or sending us a message

Victoria A. Cirillo-Hyland