A Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
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Any physician can call himself or herself a cosmetic surgeon,
as this is an unregulated term. However, only plastic surgeons are
certified to perform both cosmetic and reconstructive work. Certification
in the field of plastic surgery is extremely important.
Whenever considering any type of cosmetic surgery it is recommended to meet
with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, certified by the American Board of
Plastic Surgery (ABPS), and a member of the American Society of Plastic and
Reconstructive Surgeons ( ASAPS).
Choosing a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon means that your surgeon has graduated
from an accredited medical school, has completed a minimum of three years of
general surgery and two years of plastic surgery residency training, in addition,
has completed and passed rigorous written and oral examinations given by the
As with any surgery there is always a certain degree of risk involved. However
it is your obligation to minimize your risk as much as possible, by choosing
a qualified and experienced Board Certified Plastic Surgeon.
The American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) is the only recognized and accredited
organization, in the United States, able to certify physicians in the field
of plastic surgery. The Canadian equivalent to the ABPS is the Royal College
of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
Besides a surgeon's qualifications, such as board-certification,
you should also evaluate:
to ask your surgeon
Choosing a qualified and experienced board-certified plastic surgeon is not
easy, considering the fact there are many licensed medical doctors who perform
plastic surgery procedures, yet are not specifically trained and certified
in the field of plastic surgery. Only surgeons certified by the American Board
of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) are specifically trained to perform plastic surgery
procedures. The ABPS is the only board approved by the American Board of Medical
Specialties (ABMS), to certify medical doctors in the specialty of plastic
surgery of the face and body.
order to become board-certified in plastic surgery, a medical
doctor must have:
from an accredited medical school
a three year residency in general surgery*
a two year residency in plastic surgery*
comprehensive written and oral board examinations
a valid medical license in the state actively practicing
* Residency programs have to be accredited by the Accreditation Council for
Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).
level of experience the surgeon has accounts a great deal for
the safe and successful outcome of the surgical procedure. Generally
speaking the more experienced a surgeon, the safer you should
feel in his or her hands. It is important to feel absolutely
confident about the surgeon's abilities to perform your cosmetic
a surgeon with extensive medical and surgical experience knows
how to deal with unexpected events during a surgery, in addition
is able to minimize the possible complications you may have during
and after a particular procedure. This knowledge can mean a shorter
and smoother recovery period after your procedure.
In addition the surgeon should be up to date with newer and more advanced surgical
techniques and procedures.
Be sure to ask the surgeon about his or her background and surgical experience.
initial meeting tends to be a relaxed, yet systematic discussion
about the particular procedure you are considering. Generally,
the surgeon will begin by reviewing and evaluating your desired
goals. He or she will
then review your medical history and lifestyle, conduct a physical examination
and assess whether you are a good candidate for the procedure. The aim will
be to educate and inform you about the proposed procedure and
to "walk" you through the whole procedure. He or she will then explain
what the procedure involves, discuss the types of anesthesia, and go over the
risks and benefits involved as well as the recovery time and how you will
feel at each stage of the procedure. Finally the surgeon will discuss the costs
involved for the total procedure
and give you some reading materials. During the initial consultation the surgeon
your motivations and expectations of the procedure.
alternatives, if appropriate, without pressuring you to consider
open to questions about his educational background, professional
qualifications, experience, and costs.
all your questions thoroughly and compassionately.
all the risks and benefits involved.
the consultation a mutual understanding hopefully will have developed,
allowing you to feel comfortable with the surgeon.
your personal feelings about the surgeon, his staff and the facility.
If you do not feel completely comfortable, walk away and meet
with another qualified surgeon. The decision is always yours.
The best thing
you can do you for yourself is to get educated about your options by learning
all the details of the procedure, including all the risks, benefits, alternatives
and estimated costs. The more informed you are, the more comfortable you feel
making this personal choice.
to ask your surgeon
you have decided to consult with a plastic surgeon, be sure to
make the best out of your consultation by asking the right questions
to be able to make an educated decision. When meeting with your
surgeon, be sure to consider asking some of the following questions:
you certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery?
many of these procedures have you performed?
and how will you perform my surgery?
the surgical facility accredited by a national or state-recognized
are some of the risks involved with my procedure?
long is the expected recovery time for my procedure and what
are some special precautions I need
much does the total procedure cost? Is financing available?
I need to take time off from work, if so how long?
results can I expect?
you have before and after photos of this procedure?
complications are associated with this type of procedure?
you have clinical privileges, if so where?
kind of anesthesia will be used?
will administer the anesthesia?
kind of products will be used during my procedure?
decision to have cosmetic surgery can often be difficult. Finding
a qualified and experienced plastic surgeon can be even harder.
After all the most important aspect of a successful procedure
is to choose the right surgeon to trust your face and body to.
us help you find an experienced and qualified plastic surgeon
certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, call Toll
Free (800) 449-1884, or fill out
our Online Referral Form.