When talking about choosing a plastic surgeon, I often hear people say 'I don't care if they are a nice person, I just want the "best" technical surgeon'. Or, "I don't want to be their friend, I just want them to do a good job". They can be an a$*^hole as long as they are the best. I could not disagree more.
Yes, you obviously want a skilled surgeon with both a good education and training, but you also want someone with a heart and a soul. You want someone who has good judgment and is kind. You want someone who is your advocate, who is honest and who you trust. This all may seem like a lot to ask for - but it's not. It's simply necessary.
Choosing a plastic surgeon should encompass a combination of evaluating their skills and assessing your connection with them. I would argue to have a positive experience surgically you need to trust your surgeon and you need to connect to them on a human level. It doesn't mean you need to be best friends but you need to respect more than just their skill set.