Board Certifications: What Is It and Why Is It Essential for Plastic Surgeons?
- 06 January 2017
- Dr. Nidal (Nick) Masri
“Always choose a board-certified plastic surgeon.”
You’ve certainly encountered such advice before in your quest for the best Miami plastic surgeon to do your liposuction or nose job or boob implants.
Though it is definitely sage counsel, it’s not always clear what kind of certification people are talking about. Plus, there are non-certified plastic surgeons in Miami that offer cosmetic surgeries for a cheaper price and have good customer reviews, so why bother with the certification?
What is it exactly that makes board certifications a must-have for every plastic surgeon? Check out the rest of the article to find out.
Top 5 Reasons to Choose a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon
1. They are trained to perform surgery.
It might seem obvious, but not all doctors can perform surgery. There are only a few specific medical specialties that include surgical training, and plastic surgery is one of them.
Therefore, a board-certified plastic surgeon has completed at least five years of surgical training in medical school – including general surgery and specialized plastic surgery residency. They definitely know what they are doing.
2. They have the expertise in both body and facial procedures.
Because of their rigorous training in medical school and post-graduate residency, you can expect a board-certified plastic surgeon to know the ins and outs of various facial and body procedures like liposuction, facelift, and breast augmentation.
Aside from that, they also have a keen aesthetic judgment – something that cannot be learned overnight and is critical to the success of a cosmetic procedure. It is a product of their many years of training and skills development.
3. They are adept at handling emergencies.
Not that every plastic surgery results to an emergency, but you’ll at least rest easy knowing that the person who is operating on you can deal with any complications that might arise during the surgery.
Their comprehensive education and training, as well as knowledge of anatomy and physiology, equip them with the necessary understanding to ensure your safety at any time of the procedure.
4. They can perform a wide range of cosmetic treatments.
Most surgeons just specialize in one area of the body, such as the gastrointestinal system, lungs, or heart. However, board-certified plastic surgeons have a wide variety of surgical treatments to offer – from something as simple as an eyebrow lift to something as complex as a full body lift. Many of them specialize in just one surgery, but being board-certified means that they underwent training various cosmetic treatment modalities.
5. They can perform surgery in accredited facilities and hospitals.
What sets board-certified plastic surgeons from non-certified ones is that they can perform more complex plastic surgeries in safe and accredited hospitals and surgical centers. To obtain the privilege of operating in these facilities, a certification from the American Board of Plastic Surgery is required. That way, they are not limited to performing only selected procedures.
Certifications that Matter
You now know that you should seek out a board-certified plastic surgeon if you’re planning to undergo any type of plastic surgery, but what kind of certifications are we talking about?
There are many certifications for plastic surgeons out there, but the only certifying board that is officially recognized in the United States is the American Board of Plastic Surgery. This is the one certification that you should always look for when you’re choosing your plastic surgeon.
Established in 1937, the American Board of Plastic Surgery is a specialty board that certifies physicians in the field of plastic surgery. To become certified, plastic surgeons should meet certain requirements, such as the following:
- Graduate of an accredited medical school
- With a license to practice medicine in the state where they live
- With at least three years of training in general surgery in an accredited residency program
- Completed two years of plastic surgery training in an accredited residency program
- Practiced for at least six months with all operative reports submitted to a peer-review committee
- Completed comprehensive written and oral exams
It also helps to be certified by the American Board of Surgery, which offers board certification in various surgery specializations like general surgery and vascular surgery.
Surgeons who have completed a one-year fellowship training exclusively in cosmetic surgery are also certified by the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery.
Selecting a Board-Certified Surgeon
- Ask them about their certifications.
The simplest way to know if they’re certified or not is by asking them. There’s nothing wrong with asking them about their experience, training, and expertise when it comes to the procedure you’re going to undergo. Always look for certification from the American Board of Plastic Surgery.
- Double-check their credentials from reputable boards.
Another way to know if their board certification matters is to check them online. You can go to the website of the American Board of Plastic Surgery to see if your chosen surgeon has been certified, as this is the only board duly recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties to plastic surgeons.
- Research online – but be wary of manufactured reviews.
Websites like Real Self provide an easy way for you to check out what previous patients think of certain surgeons. While you can rely on these reviews to know a surgeon’s reputation, remember that not everything posted online is true. There were previous reports of surgeons manufacturing fake positive reviews in order to drive sales. When choosing a surgeon, schedule a physical consultation first before you commit to anything.
- Ask for before and after photos.
Another way to gauge your surgeon’s skills and abilities is to ask for before and after photos of previous patients. This way, you can manage your expectations and have a visual idea of how you want to look like after your cosmetic surgery.
- Don’t be a cheapskate.
Cost should never be your sole consideration when choosing a plastic surgeon. If you want to simply get what you pay for, make sure that you’re choosing a surgeon based on his credentials and experience and not just on the good deal that he’s offering.
Face + Body Cosmetic Surgery boasts of plastic surgeons with double board certification from both The American Board of Surgery and The American Board of Plastic Surgery. Schedule a Free Consultation with either Dr. Nick Masri or Dr. Mark Broudo to discuss any of your plastic surgery concerns.