The Importance of Safety in Plastic Surgery

When you seek plastic surgery for any reason, one of the most critical steps is to become an educated prospective patient. While finding the best surgeon possible is undeniably important, understanding the role of safety in plastic surgery is just as important. 

Plastic surgery misconceptions tend to fall on both sides of the fence. Some are under the impression that aesthetic surgery does not carry as many risks, while others mistakenly believe that certain procedures are always dangerous due to misleading media. The truth is, all plastic surgery carries risks, but a well-vetted surgeon will do everything to ensure safe outcomes with every procedure. 

Dr. Schaffer’s Safety Philosophy in Plastic Surgery

Dr. Christopher Schaffer at Schaffer Plastic Surgery prioritizes patient safety above all else, and this is evident with his exceptional patient safety ratings. With board certification, extensive experience and specialized training, Dr. Schaffer ensures that every aspect of patient care meets the highest safety standards. His approach to safety in plastic surgery procedures combines his expertise and experience with empathy for a patient’s unique needs. 

Rigorous Standards for Patient Care and Safety

At Schaffer Plastic Surgery, stringent safety standards are followed at every step. Our standards align with and exceed industry norms in the plastic surgery field because we strive to ensure every patient has a safe and positive experience. Take a look at some of the ways we ensure patient safety below. 

1. State-of-the-Art Facility and Equipment

Schaffer Plastic Surgery is certified by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF). The surgery center is equipped with the most modern medical equipment and the best-trained staff. All hands are on deck for our patients to ensure each one receives one-on-one attention and the highest quality care from when they are admitted for a procedure until they are discharged to go home. The surgery center is also immediately across from the Grandview Medical Center, so higher levels of care are just a few steps away in the event a patient has urgent needs. 

2. Comprehensive Patient Evaluation Process

Safety begins in plastic surgery before a procedure is ever scheduled. A thorough pre-operative evaluation and consultation with Dr. Schaffer is the first step toward a safe procedure because the doctor obtains an in-depth understanding of the patient. Your medical history, current medical status and concerns and various other facets revealed during this interaction will set the stage for a safe procedure and recovery process. Likewise, this consultation allows Dr. Schaffer to offer guidance on what to expect during recovery and how to thwart any risks. 

3. Safety Protocols During Surgery

At Schaffer Plastic Surgery, we have stringent safety protocols in place and required procedures we follow during surgeries. In our private facility, we only schedule and perform one surgery at a time, which means patients are closely monitored by the full staff and Dr. Schaffer throughout the procedure. The medical staff is fully trained to detect risks and promptly react in the event of an unexpected medical emergency with patients and will jump into action immediately if needed.

4. Post-operative care and Follow-Up

Dr. Schaffer and his team provide one of the most robust post-operative and follow-up care plans. After surgery, patients are supervised closely to monitor for changes in vitals, pain and concerns. Once you fully recover from anesthesia, the team will review your recovery and aftercare instructions, answer any questions and schedule your follow-up appointments. Attending these follow-up appointments is vital for patient safety and optimal surgical outcomes. Therefore, Dr. Schaffer strives to make these appointments as convenient as possible for patients. 

5. Continuous Education and Training

Dr. Schaffer is deeply committed to ongoing education and staying abreast of the latest advancements in plastic surgery safety. As an active member of the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons and the American Society of Plastic Surgery, as well as being board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, Dr. Schaffer keeps a finger on the pulse of emerging safety protocols and methodologies to ensure every patient has a positive experience and the easiest recovery possible. He also continually acts as a leader in plastic surgery, contributing to developing advanced and innovative procedures that enhance patient safety.  

Real Patient Stories: Safety and Satisfaction

From the Schaffer Plastic Surgery Gallery to Patient Testimonials, evidence of Schaffer Plastic Surgery’s commitment to safety and satisfaction is clear. Take a look at a few first-hand patient stories below. 

I Would Highly Recommend Him

Dr. Schaffer and his staff are absolutely amazing! I had breast augmentation on April 14th, 2017. Over the past month, Dr. Schaffer and his staff have taken very good care of me. I had some issues that were unexpected, unplanned for and were not anyone’s fault, my body just didn’t want to cooperate! Dr. Schaffer made sure that he did everything in his power to treat me properly and professionally take care of me. He even saw me in his office on a Saturday night, when he didn’t have to! He took time away from his family and personal life to check on me, even calling my husband the next day to make sure all was good. In my eyes Dr. Schaffer and his staff have gone above and beyond for me and for that I greatly appreciate them! I would highly recommend him to anyone that asks!!

by Tiffany B

Upfront and Honest

I am 2 1/2 months post breast reduction surgery. I had a very specific size in mind prior to my consultation. Dr. Schaffer was upfront and honest with me from day one. He let me know what he was able to do without jeopardizing my health. He is very personable and professional. For this, I’m thankful. There is no callback or wait from the nurses who are very knowledgeable; you speak to someone as soon as you call. The receptionist and insurance/billing staff are kind as well. I love my results and I am also almost pain-free in my back and shoulder areas. Thank you, Dr. Schaffer!

by Dionne J.

Schaffer Plastic Surgery: A Haven of Safe Cosmetic Care

Dr. Schaffer goes the extra mile when it comes to patient safety. From following and exceeding industry standards to ensure patients are safe throughout their procedure and recovery to taking extra steps to personally ensure patients are comfortable, Dr. Schaffer and the team are deeply committed to providing top-level care and overall safe, satisfactory experiences. Schedule a consultation to experience safe, personalized care by calling Schaffer Plastic Surgery at 205.619.9905.