Finding a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

If a doctor is a board-certified plastic surgeon, it is a symbol that he or she has the necessary training, qualifications, and experience to perform safe and skillful plastic surgery. It also signifies that the surgeon holds a valid medical license in the state they practice in and maintains a high level of professionalism and patient care.

All board-certified plastic surgeons are diplomats of the American Board of Plastic Surgery. This means that the surgeon has graduated from an accredited medical school, has completed a minimum of two years in plastic surgery residency, along with a minimum of three years in general surgery residency, and has passed thorough written and oral board examinations.

Not all surgeons that perform cosmetic procedures are board-certified plastic surgeons. It is important to find a plastic surgeon that is specifically certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery since any physician can call him or herself a cosmetic surgeon or plastic surgeon just by taking a crash course or weekend seminar on surgery techniques. Any physician, even without having training in plastic surgery, can perform plastic surgery legally, and patients wouldn't even know it.

By making sure your plastic surgeon is a board-certified plastic surgeon, you can rest assured that the surgeon has received extensive education and training in a wide variety of plastic and reconstructive surgery techniques.

In addition, a board-certified plastic surgeon also may hold membership in such professional organizations such as the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). It is important to speak to a board-certified plastic surgeon and ask any relevant questions you may have about plastic surgery. The best way is to set up a private consultation with the plastic surgeon to get all the answers you need about the methods, techniques, costs, safety, possible risks and recovery time of the procedure.