How to Choose a Plastic Surgeon
Your choice of a plastic surgeon depends on several factors specific to your case, such as the surgery you require and the surgeon’s expertise.
Regardless, choose a your plastic surgeon:
> has American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) certification;
> practiced as a plastic surgeon within a maximum of three years from board certification;
> enjoys hospital privileges in terms of performing cosmetic plastic surgery;
> is in good standing with the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons; and
> has been recommended by other qualified surgeons for ASAPS membership;
If everything checks out, they you can ensure that your doctor:
> has wide experience in cosmetic procedures;
> works in a facility that holds a valid license, is accredited and Medicare-certified; and
> observes a strict Code of Ethics, ensuring that patient care is provided at the highest standards, and patient rights are respected.
The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) is the first and only organization in America that is completely devoted to cosmetic surgery.
Members of this group are popular for their skills and experience in cosmetic procedures.
Before becoming board-certified in plastic surgery, a doctor has to spend a minimum of five years in surgical training after finishing medical school. Bear in mind that not all doctors who advertise themselves as a plastic surgeon, have actually been trained in this specialty, much less hold certification from the ABPS.
Unfortunately, in almost all 44 states, anyone with a medical license can brand themselves as plastic or cosmetic surgeons, regardless of whether they had formal surgical training or not. If you go with a doctor who is untrained in plastic surgery, the procedure may still be safe, but the visible results may disappoint you.
There’s really no need to be confused by other boards and certifications that all sound official or even fancy. All you really need is a surgeon who is ABPS-certified; if they have this certification, that means they are fully qualified to perform reconstructive and cosmetic plastic surgery.
Members of ASAPS have all the required credentials for them to perform a variety of cosmetic surgeries. Before choosing a surgeon, be sure that the doctor satisfy all the requirements mentioned above. With anything that involves your health, you should never make compromises.
Also, with everything else being equal, pick a surgeon you are comfortable with. The best way to know if you have some chemistry going with a prospect is to visit them for a consultation.
Finally, make sure you don’t restrict yourself to just one doctor. You should have at least two or three options. It’s always smart to compare so you can clearly see who is the best for you indeed.