If you’ve done any research on plastic surgery, then you know that selecting your surgeon carefully is one of the most important decisions you will make when planning your procedure. Unfortunately, some doctors stretch the truth a bit when it comes to their expertise and certification.
Therefore, it’s very important to make sure your surgeon’s skills are up to date, and ensure that he or she has a high rate of patient satisfaction.
A Plastic Surgeon’s Outdated Credentials
Recently, there has been some controversy over a Chinese surgeon who received Board Certification from the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) as an international doctor over fifty years ago.
The debate concerns whether the surgeon’s claim of Board Certification is misleading, since the certification was issued so long ago, under special circumstances. This particular doctor’s certification is a “special certificate”, which doesn’t equal full Board Certification.
Unfortunately, this is not the first case of a doctor exaggerating his or her qualifications, and it will not be the last.
After 1990, the ABPS instituted a policy that requires doctors to re-certify every six to ten years. Even so, board certification alone does not guarantee that a surgeon is qualified to perform your procedure. You must take the time to thoroughly research candidates so you can make an informed decision.
What to Look For in a Reputable Plastic Surgeon
Don’t take chances when it comes to your plastic surgeon. Beyond Board Certification, take the time to research your doctor’s other certifications, honors, safety records, and patient reviews. Online reviews from patients can give you an idea of what to expect. Warning: be sure to evaluate these carefully, as they can be unregulated. Your best bet is to check reviews on several different reputable sites such as RealSelf, HealthGrades, RateMDs, and Vitals.
Finding A Surgeon You Can Trust
Once you’ve narrowed down your options, it’s time to schedule your consultations and get a plan in place for your procedure. Remember to come prepared for your consultations with specific questions and concerns. Ask surgeons about their specific skills, education, and certifications. They should be prominently displayed in frames somewhere in the office. This will help you make the most of your time with prospective plastic surgeons.
Our surgeons always stay current with or ahead of new techniques, advancements, and innovations to offer the highest quality results to patients in our Long Island and Manhattan plastic surgery centers.
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