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Why Board-Certified “Plastic Surgeon” Matters

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Plastic surgeons are board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS).  ABPS is one of the 24 specialty boards recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS).  If you pay close attention you will notice that some “boards” are not on the list.  That is because medical professionals have created dozens and dozens of “Boards” over the years.  Some have amazing programs, curricula, testing, standards, research, and accountability.  Unfortunately, not all of them reach these levels.

Most reputable plastics surgeons will also maintain memberships with professional organizations such as The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). Memberships with these associations mean that the surgeon is actively involved with continuing education events and has access to the latest plastic surgery technology and techniques.

The Value of a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon

By choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon, you can be assured that the doctor has graduated from an accredited medical school and has completed at least five years of additional training as a resident surgeon. Certification is a voluntary process a surgeon seeks after formal training, and they must also pass comprehensive written and oral exams.

It seems like a common-sense statement, but plastic surgery is a very personal decision. It’s easy to become focused on your prospective surgeon’s personality and how they make you feel instead of their medical credentials; however, this aspect is very important.

When choosing to have a plastic surgery procedure it’s important to have full knowledge of all the factors involved. With years of experience performing plastic surgery procedures, our board-certified plastic surgeons Dr. Ed Pittman and Dr. Chelsea Venditto understand how to tailor the right procedure to each patient’s specific needs and are dedicated to providing safe, private, and comfortable care.

In addition to finding a surgeon who can answer any procedure-related questions and calm any nervousness, certifications ensure the doctor has the skill to support your desired plastic surgery results. It’s important to do your research and find a doctor who is board-certified in plastic and reconstructive surgery because any physician who holds a medical license can legally advertise as a “cosmetic surgeon”.

After you have reviewed a plastic surgeon’s credentials, make an appointment for an initial consultation so you can personally meet the surgeon.  Our practice always welcomes prospective patients to schedule a consultation to give you a chance to meet them and get a feel for their “family-like” office environment.

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