Most metropolitan areas like Phoenix and Scottsdale have many highly trained skilled specialists who perform cosmetic surgery. The choice you make can be summed up in two important attributes…COMPETENCE and CHEMISTRY. It is important to check the credentials of your surgeon and be sure that he or she has the proper training and background to perform the procedure of procedures you are contemplating safely and expertly. Checking for board certification with the American Board of Plastic Surgeons is one way of ensuring that your surgeon has completed training at an accredited program and has passed the written and oral examinations required by the board for certification. The American Board of Plastic Surgeons also requires that member surgeons complete a Maintenance of Certification program periodically to ensure that they are continuing to provide the highest level of care. Once you have established that your surgeon has the proper credentials, the final decision often comes down to how you feel during your interactions with him or her. Like any personal or professional relationship, attributes like integrity, attention, clear communication, respect and courtesy will help you move forward with greater comfort and confidence.