Your choice of a plastic surgeon should rest on a number of factors individual to your case, such as the exact surgery you need and the surgeon’s area of specialty.
Regardless, choose a 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 cosmetic plastic surgery;
> is a member of good standing of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery; and
> has been approved for ASAPS membership by other qualified surgeons;
With all of the above checking out, you can be sure that your surgeon:
> has experience in a whole range of 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.
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 a doctor becomes board-certified in plastic surgery, he or she should complete at least five years of surgical training after medical school. It is crucial to note that not all doctors using the title, “plastic surgeon” has been trained in plastic surgery and 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 choose a doctor who has is not well-trained in plastic surgery, safety may not be an issue, but the visible results may not please you at all.
You don’t have to confuse yourself with other official or even fancy-sounding boards and certifications. You just need to find a surgeon who is certified by the ABPS; if a doctor is ABPS-certified, that means he is fully qualified to do all kinds of plastic surgery.
ASAPS members are well-credentialed when it comes to performing a whole range of cosmetic procedures. When choosing a surgeon, consider all the requirements as discussed above. On anything that has an impact on your health, never compromise.
Also, with everything else being equal, pick a surgeon you are comfortable with. You’ll know whether you have chemistry or not right on your first appointment.
Lastly, don’t limit yourself to a single doctor. Have at least two or three choices. It pays to make comparisons because this is the only way you can tell if a doctor is indeed the best for you.