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How to Choose a Plastic Surgeon If you’re seriously considering plastic surgery, the first and most important step you will make is choosing a surgeon. A decade ago, it would have been enough to have someone “board-certified.” Now, because of the huge number of improperly trained doctors disguising as plastic surgeons, this is no longer safe. So what must you, a prospective patient, look for in a plastic surgeon? The most critical qualification a plastic surgeon must have is American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) certification. To know if your prospect is ABPS-certified, you can visit the board’s website. And since majority of ABPS members are also part of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), this organization’s website can be an option.
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To be ABPS-certified, surgeons need to complete a minimum of two years in plastic surgery training and three years in general surgery training; pass comprehensive exams, both oral and writte; and observe a strict code of medical ethics. There is no other certifying body in the US with standards this high. This is the exact reason you must choose no less than a “board-certified plastic surgeon.”
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Another thing you must remember is that cosmetic surgeon is not synonymous with plastic surgeon. Board-certified cosmetic surgeons may be ENT’s, Ob-Gyn’s, dermatologists or even cardiologists. You know that a plastic surgeon shouldn’t treat your asthma; would you let your pulmonologist perform your brachioplasty? Some of the most popular “cosmetic surgeons” are spending millions of dollars in advertising, yet they are not “board-certified plastic surgeons,” even if most people think they are. And what about other physicians? Truth is, any doctor can claim to be a plastic surgeon or even board-certified, but what board are specifically talking about? You may have certification from the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, but that doesn’t mean you are already qualified to perform cosmetic procedures. When it comes to plastic surgery, no other board certification matters, except that which is given by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. As soon as you’ve found an ABPS-certified plastic surgeon who is of high repute, schedule a consult and observe the way he explains the surgery to you. The time he spends with you before the procedure is more or less the same amount of time he will spend performing the surgery and providing aftercare. Your first visit should last about 30-45 minutes, and your doctor should see you at least once or twice before the operation to ensure that you understand the surgery well enough. Lastly, don’t even think about grabbing some very attractive offers that you might get from basement cosmetic surgery centers. These places are typically run by people with zero background in plastic surgery or medicine, and surgeries are performed by surgeons who have dubious credentials. You won’t just end up wasting your money on them. You could also be risking your life.

Writen by Bradford Todd