Choosing the right plastic surgeon for your upcoming procedure is the most important thing you will do outside of deciding to have surgery. Dr. Eichenberg warns, “You need a qualified surgeon. This will ensure that you have the best possible results, and that any complications that arise will be swiftly and accurately dealt with.”

So how do you go about choosing one?

First, make sure you find one who is board certified through the American Board of Plastic Surgery. According to Dr. Eichenberg, “This certification shows that the doctor has received extra training beyond basic medical school. Also, surgeons must perform a cosmetic surgery specific residency to receive this certification.”

Another important factor to look for is hospital privileges. Many surgeons perform their procedures in their own clinics or surgery centers, and this is not necessarily a bad thing, but you want to look for one with hospital privileges. This means that the surgeon can easily get into the hospital if something goes wrong during a procedure.

Getting names of surgeons is the first step. Ask people you know who have had surgery, and then schedule consultations with the surgeons whose names you receive. Choose one you feel comfortable interacting with, because, as Dr. Eichenberg states, “You will be spending a lot of time consulting with your surgeon, so you need a certain level of comfort and trust.”

If you are considering plastic surgery in Temecula, Dr. Eichenberg has an excellent reputation. To learn more about the procedures he offers at the Renuance Surgery Center, visit