For patients who are considering any type of plastic surgery, the ability to trust the plastic surgeon is very important. Ideally a patient will do a great deal of research before selecting a plastic surgeon. This research should include obtaining information about the surgeon's background, verifying membership in societies like the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, viewing before-and-after pictures of previous clients and contacting references provided by the plastic surgeon. These criteria will help the patient to determine whether the surgeon is qualified and skilled. In speaking with the surgeon directly, the patient will either trust the surgeon and feel confident or doubt the surgeon and not feel comfortable.