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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.

In any case, make sure your plastic surgeon:

> has American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) certification;

> practiced plastic surgery within at least three years from obtaining certification;

> has hospital privileges for 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;

With all of the above checking out, you can be sure that your surgeon:

> is experienced in performing cosmetic procedures;

> works in a facility that holds a valid license, is accredited and Medicare-certified; and

> will uphold a strict Code of Ethics to provide the highest standards of patient care, including respect for patients’ right.

In America, there is only one organization fully devoted to cosmetic surgery, and that is the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS).

Members of this group are well known for their cosmetic surgery skills and experience.

Before becoming board-certified in plastic surgery, a doctor has to spend a minimum of five years in surgical training after finishing medical school. It is vital to remember that not all doctors who call themselves “plastic surgeon” have indeed been trained in plastic surgery, much less certified by the ABPS.

In most states, unfortunately, any medical doctor can perform plastic surgery, no matter if they have formal surgery 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.

You need not get confused by any other official-sounding, sometimes fancy-sounding, boards and certifications. 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. When choosing a surgeon, consider all the requirements as discussed above. On anything that has an impact on your health, never compromise.

Also, when everything else is equal, go with a surgeon who makes you feel comfortable. You’ll know whether you have chemistry or not right on your first appointment.

Finally, don’t think you should only focus on one prospective doctor. Consider at least two or three. It’s always smart to compare so you can clearly see who is the best for you indeed.

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