Safe surgery is nowadays a widely discussed topic. Several factors converge to good results, but perhaps the most important is the training of the surgeon, as it is the basis of everything else, including the decisions he makes every day. To train plastic surgeons, it is necessary to go through a long route (at least 13 years of training since the beginning of medical school), which is demanding and rigorous, and over which they acquire enough technical and scientific knowledge to reach the highest degree of predictability that is possible in a surgical procedure. In fact, there are excellent plastic surgeons in Portugal performing aesthetic surgery, but there are also some that are not specialists but insist on performing these procedures.
It is therefore important to check with the Portuguese Medical Association if the doctor consulting you is registered as a specialist in Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery. Just refer to the following website and enter his/her name (ex.: "João Nunes da Costa"):
Another important factor is the place where the surgical procedures are performed and their staff. The St. Louis Hospital and also its Clinica do Campo Grande (Lisbon) are locations that meet all requirements in safety, equipment and infrastructures for the procedures we usually execute.