How to Find a Good Plastic Surgeon?

How much time do you usually spend finding the right person to do home repairs or babysit your children? If you are prepared to undergo plastic surgery, you should spend as much time as necessary to choose a surgeon you trust with your safety and results. Fortunately, a highly qualified surgeon like Dr. Rankin at NorCal Plastic Surgery will provide all the information you need to compare and make a decision. 

What is a Plastic Surgeon?

A surgeon who practices plastic surgery can come from several different medical backgrounds depending on their area of specialization and focus. While there is no specific license to practice this type of surgery in most states, qualified plastic surgeons are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery

Plastic surgeons may specialize in certain procedures or perform a range of different ones. They typically perform either cosmetic or reconstructive procedures, achieving or restoring an aesthetically pleasing appearance. 

How to Find a Good Plastic Surgeon

When considering a plastic surgeon, consider these factors. Your potential surgeon should make this information easily available so you can easily compare them and make your decision. 

Education and Training

Your plastic surgeon will have a medical degree with several years of specialization in the plastic surgery field. Dr. Rankin attended Vanderbilt University, a premier plastic surgery program, and his research has been extensively published. 

Level of Experience

The more times your plastic surgeon has performed the procedure you want, the closer they come to perfecting it. Find out how long your potential surgeon has been performing your chosen procedure and how often they perform one. 

Request a Consultation

We’d love to help you get all the information you need in order to make the best choice for your eyes. Request a consultation today! Our staff is available and happy to answer your every question.

Surgical Facilities

Where your surgeon performs your procedure plays a major role in your safety. NorCal Plastic Surgery offers two accredited surgical centers fully prepared for both inpatient and outpatient procedures. This flexibility allows them to provide the level of care you need post-surgery. 

Before and After Gallery

Looking at your plastic surgeon’s before and after gallery can show you more than what they do. It also gives you an idea of that surgeon’s style and the type of results they provide. Look for a surgeon whose results match what you are looking for. 


Testimonials can give you a strong sense of how people feel about a plastic surgeon. Look for people who have referred their friends and family, a sure sign that they trust the surgeon and are pleased with their results. 

Your Experience

Never commit to a plastic surgeon before your consultation. This meeting allows you to talk one-on-one, get answers to all your questions, and learn more. How you feel about this experience matters, so choose a surgeon you feel comfortable with and feel like you can trust. 

So happy with my results! If you’re thinking about fat transfer to the breasts, go for it! No complications or hassles and everyone at the office is so kind. Dr.Rankin was a pleasure to work with! great personality, professional and really knows his stuff. I would recommend this practice 100%.

Next Step

If you are interested in how to find a good plastic surgeon, please reach out to our qualified staff to schedule a consultation at one of our convenient locations in Walnut Creek and Greenbrae. Give us a call at (925) 397-5486 or fill out our online form. Helping you achieve your cosmetic goals is an honor and a privilege at NorCal Plastic Surgery, proudly serving the East Bay, Marin County, and the greater San Francisco Bay Area. We look forward to hearing from you.

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