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The Importance of Board Certification in Plastic Surgery

So… you are considering a plastic surgery procedure. How do you select your doctor? There are many doctors to choose from, but which doctor is the right one?

When seeking a cosmetic procedure, either surgical or non-surgical, patients should select a physician who is certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery, Inc. (ABPS). The ABPS is the only board that provides certification in plastic surgery of the face and of the entire body.

Choosing to have cosmetic surgery is an important decision – and your choice of surgeon is as well. As a patient, you want a surgeon with the skills and training to help achieve your aesthetic goals. Competency in plastic and reconstructive surgery requires a unique combination of medical knowledge, technical expertise, surgical judgment, ethics, interpersonal skills, and a commitment to patient safety. Good credentials can’t guarantee a successful outcome; but, they can significantly increase the likelihood of it. Selecting a surgeon certified by The ABPS will ensure that the patient has the best-trained professional possible to perform their cosmetic procedure.

The ABPS is one of only 24 accredited specialty boards recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). The American Board of Medical Specialties is expressly designed to provide public protection through quality control in medical education. Surgeons who meet the requirements of The ABPS, and are granted board certification, are known as ‘Diplomates’ of The American Board of Plastic Surgery, Inc.

The intent of the board certification process is to provide assurance that a certified medical specialist has successfully completed an approved educational program; as well as an examination process designed to assess the knowledge, experience and skill necessary to provide high quality patient care in that specialty.

Certification by the ABPS is “The Gold Standard” for plastic surgeons because it signifies that the surgeon:

  • Has completed at least five years of surgical residency training after medical school, including at least two years of formal training in an accredited plastic surgery residency program.
  • Has passed comprehensive cosmetic and reconstructive surgery exams
  • Is qualified to perform cosmetic and reconstructive procedures on both the face and body.

It’s your face and body – trust it only to a surgeon certified by the ABPS. You’ll be glad you did.

One additional important note –

For patients interested in cosmetic surgical procedures, look for a surgeon who is a member of The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). This organization is comprised of board certified plastic surgeons who have demonstrated additional interest and expertise in cosmetic surgery.

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