Meet Dr. Schmidt
We are thrilled to introduce Dr. Alexandra Schmidt to Blue Water Plastic Surgery Partners. Dr. Schmidt is one of a select few plastic surgeons with advanced aesthetic surgery training endorsed by the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS).
Dr. Schmidt graduated with honors from The Johns Hopkins University, where she earned her Bachelors and Masters degrees in neuroscience. After completing medical school at Vanderbilt University, she was accepted into one of the most distinguished plastic surgery programs in the country at Washington University in Saint Louis. There she completed comprehensive training in plastic and reconstructive surgery. Dr. Schmidt was one of only nineteen residents in the country selected for an ASAPS fellowship, focusing exclusively on innovative techniques in body contouring, breast surgery, and facial rejuvenation.
We spoke with Dr. Schmidt about her surgical philosophy and why she elected to join Dr. Michael Law at Blue Water Plastic Surgery Partners. Dr. Schmidt, like Dr. Law, is passionate about providing the highest level of care to her surgical patients. Dr. Law and Dr. Schmidt are both committed to making the patient experience as safe as possible. Dr. Schmidt explains Blue Water Plastic Surgery’s safety protocols in depth:
Since cosmetic plastic surgery is elective, we only perform procedures with an acceptably low risk profile. While there is always some risk associated with any type of surgery, we do a number of things at Blue Water Plastic Surgery Partners to mitigate these risks and make the patient experience as safe as possible.
Choosing Board-certified anesthesiologists is one of the most important ways we keep our patients safe at Blue Water Plastic Surgery Partners. We only work with Board-certified anesthesiologists here because they have the highest level of training.
The fact that we have a single operating room also has a huge impact on our patients’ safety during surgery. In some facilities, a single anesthesiologist oversees multiple operating rooms simultaneously. At Blue Water Plastic Surgery Partners, each of our patients gets the undivided attention of a Board-certified anesthesiologist during their entire procedure. Similarly, each member of our OR staff and nursing team are focused entirely on each individual patient on his or her day of surgery, from pre-op to recovery.
Our operating room at Blue Water Plastic Surgery Partners is certified by both the AAAASF and JCAHO. The American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities, or AAAASF, oversees the accreditation of surgery facilities around the world and is considered the “Gold Standard.” Our AAAASF accreditation means that our plastic surgery center is held to hospital standards, meeting strict requirements for safety and cleanliness.
The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, or JCAHO, is a certifying organization independent of the AAAASF. The JCAHO is nationally recognized as a symbol of excellence. Blue Water Plastic Surgery Partners is the only office-based plastic surgery facility in North Carolina that holds dual JCAHO accreditation and AAAASF certification. Both of these organizations continually monitor our facility to make sure that we exceed their rigorous standards of excellence.
When it comes to operative planning, we take several factors into account. While some procedures can be safely combined for efficiency–for example, structural fat grafting to the face may be combined with a facelift, or a tummy tuck may be combined with a breast lift–we do not try to do too much at one time. We never risk patient safety for results because your safety is our priority. We use a rapid recovery protocol that reduces narcotic use as well as postoperative nausea and vomiting to keep our patients as safe as possible throughout their experience.
Choosing a plastic surgeon can be daunting, and there are some common mistakes that patients make when selecting a plastic surgeon. Many people rely on social media and flashy advertising to educate themselves about surgeons or procedures. While some of this content is good, much of it can be misleading or reveal only part of the picture. It is important to consider a physician’s residency and fellowship training to choose a physician who can explain your options as well as all of the risks and benefits without presenting a sales pitch.
When considering a plastic surgeon, it is important to understand the difference between a cosmetic surgeon and a Board-certified/Board-eligible (BC/BE) plastic surgeon. BC/BE plastic surgeons have undergone six to ten years of specialized training in all aspects of plastic surgery while others may have attended weekend training courses or workshops. In my case, I completed an additional year of aesthetic plastic surgery training endorsed by the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) in addition to my plastic surgery residency.
Price should be a minor consideration when choosing a plastic surgeon. Undergoing surgery is a big deal! Your first priority should be putting your health and well-being into the hands of someone with proper training and credentials to ensure your safety and deliver the best possible result. While higher prices don’t directly translate to better outcomes, they may be indicative of superior equipment, more rigorous safety standards, and more individualized attention.
With her rigorous training, commitment to safety, and dedication to providing a patient experience of the highest quality, Dr. Schmidt is a perfect fit for Blue Water Plastic Surgery Partners. For any of your aesthetic plastic surgery needs, from facial rejuvenation to body contouring, the team at Blue Water Plastic Surgery Partners is dedicated to providing excellent patient care from pre-op to post-op, as well as beautiful, natural results.