Choosing Your Facial Plastic Surgeon

Choosing Your Facial Plastic Surgeon in Austin, TX

Dr. Yula Indeyeva

When you’re making any life-changing decision, research is the first place to start. And surgically altering any aspect of your appearance – especially your face – is one of the most significant choices you’ll make. To attain results you’ll love for life, you’ll want to choose an experienced, skilled plastic surgeon. 

What qualifies surgeons to perform facial cosmetic surgery? What is the difference between a plastic surgeon and a facial plastic surgeon? What is board certification? These are questions you must know the answers to if you hope to find the best facial plastic surgeon to achieve your cosmetic goals. 

Double board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Yula Indeyeva has assembled this detailed guide to selecting a surgeon with the credentials you’re looking for. 

Experience Is Essential

Though more than 70 plastic surgeons currently serve the greater Austin area, less than 10% specialize exclusively in facial plastic surgery. One reason for this is that the human body is highly intricate, and each area of plastic surgery requires a different set of expert skills. For example, successfully manipulating bone, cartilage, and internal breathing structures during a rhinoplasty is a vastly different process than operating on a breast, which primarily consists of fatty tissue.

Due to this complexity, plastic surgeons often choose subspecialties that allow them to hone their skills within specific focus areas. Therefore, it’s essential to select a physician with considerable experience in the surgery you are considering, who performs the procedure regularly, and who will give you the attention to detail you deserve. 

During your one-on-one consultation, come prepared to ask questions like these:

  • Where did you go to medical school?
  • Where did you complete your training and residency?
  • How long have you been performing this surgery?
  • Are you board certified?
  • How many times have you completed this procedure?

Talk with Dr. Indeyeva about your concerns and cosmetic goals. Her patients trust her because she delivers what she promises. If she refers you to a surgeon for a procedure outside her specialty, it’s because she wants the best for you.  

Board Certification Explained

Many people mistakenly assume they can rely on state medical boards to ensure their chosen surgeon is qualified to complete a given procedure. However, in the U.S., any licensed physician can legally perform facial plastic surgery – even one who has trained in an entirely different medical field. That’s why choosing a cosmetic surgeon who has received board certification in one or more disciplines is one of the most effective ways to ensure their qualifications.

Board certification demonstrates a plastic surgeon’s dedication to their craft and commitment to upholding the highest possible standards of medical ethics and patient safety. When you choose a board-certified plastic surgeon to complete your facial procedure, you can be confident they have completed at least three to five years of training in general surgery and two to three years of training in plastic surgery and passed a series of comprehensive written and oral examinations.

After finishing a five-year residency training in otolaryngology (head and neck surgery), Dr. Indeyeva finalized her fellowship training in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. She spent her first two years of post-fellowship practice collecting and summarizing surgical cases for committee review. 

Before-and-After Gallery

Once you have established that your chosen surgeon has extensive training, you’ll want to review their before-and-after gallery, either online or in the physician’s office. Here is your opportunity to see examples of some of their best work, gain an appreciation for the surgeon’s aesthetic philosophy, and visualize how your appearance might change for the better. Pay special attention to photos of patients who have had the surgery you’re considering. Do their results match the goals you’re hoping to achieve?

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Dr. Yula Indeyeva, a highly trained and board-certified facial plastic surgeon, is a specialist in surgical and non-surgical rejuvenation methods for the face, head, and neck. With her mastery of everything from dermal fillers to facelifts, Dr. Indeyeva loves guiding her patients along their journey towards a more confident, empowered, and beautiful self.

Hospital Affiliations

A pivotal part of your safety during and after your surgery hinges on the anesthetist and the operating facility. Accredited operating rooms include crucial life support systems just in case complications arise during surgery.

While many plastic surgeons do much of their work in their clinic or office, they should also maintain privileges in a local hospital. Ask your surgeon where they perform surgery, and find out that facility’s accreditation level.

Surgeon and Staff Interactions

Before undergoing surgery, you need to feel 100% comfortable with your surgeon and their support team. When searching for a facial plastic surgeon, you’ll want to choose a doctor with a bedside manner that makes you feel confident about your safety and outcomes.

Remember, when you choose to have facial plastic surgery, you are entrusting your surgeon with the most precious thing about your physical appearance. This person needs to demonstrate empathy, passion for what they do, and a genuine desire to help others. Look at the surgeon’s about page, and be sure to read testimonials and ask for references to learn what patients are saying about them.

Schedule an Appointment

The next step on your journey is to schedule an in-person consultation. While you might begin your research online, you can get a better sense of their personality when meeting them in the flesh. You’ll also learn more about what outcomes are realistic and what is not.

The decision to have facial plastic surgery is a significant one, but who you choose to do the surgery is crucial. If you struggle with the decision after your initial visit, don’t hesitate to schedule a follow-up appointment.  

At Facial Plastic Surgery of Austin, Dr. Indeyeva restricts her practice to the face, neck, and head. Her head and neck surgery background and subsequent fellowship training in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery give her a unique perspective of facial aesthetics. If you would like more information about her, her practice, or any of the procedures she offers, we invite you to schedule a consultation today. 

Take the Next Step Toward the New You!

Earning board certification is a hallmark of a plastic surgeon’s training, talent, and dedication to their practice. Choosing to work with a board-certified surgeon will help you feel confident in the quality of your results and the standard of care you can expect to receive.

If you have considered facial plastic surgery and need more information to help you decide, we would love to talk with you. Contact double board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Yula Indeyeva to learn more about the procedures she offers in Austin, TX.  

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