Considering Plastic Surgery? You Need A Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon

September 6, 2017

Any surgery carries risk, and it’s natural that you would want to do what you can to reduce that risk. For plastic surgery, this means selecting a plastic surgeon who is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Learn why this is key.

Why Choose a Board-Certified Surgeon? 

There have been incidents in recent years where patients have had adverse reactions or poor results after surgery with a physician. While physicians mean well, they do not have the qualifications of a surgeon.

By taking the time to do your homework and selecting someone who’s certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, you can greatly reduce the likelihood of an adverse reaction. You’ll enjoy better results and you’ll experience less stress leading up to the procedure. This can mean a faster recovery.

What Does “Board Certified” Mean? 

Now that you know why it’s critical to select a board-certified surgeon, here’s what it means. Someone who is board-certified has:

  • Been through a residency in plastic surgery
  • Had 16 years of post-high school education
  • Undergone supervised training in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery
  • Honed their technical skills through years of surgery
  • Passed a 2-day written and oral exam on plastic surgery
  • Demonstrated an understanding of not only surgical techniques, but ethics and safety
  • Wide knowledge of all treatment methods, with the ability to recommend procedures
  • Proven to patients that they take their profession seriously

Whether you seek reconstructive or cosmetic surgery, take the time to find someone with whom you feel comfortable. Board-certification is essential, but it is one part of the patient-doctor fit. Learn about the procedure you’re considering, read up on surgeons’ background, check board certification, and ask questions so you can make an informed decision about this very important matter.