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Not all surgeons are equally trained or skilled. To get the best results, it’s important that you understand the surgeon’s training, experience and skills.

We believe in empowering patients to make the right plastic surgery choices.

Only go to a Board Certified MD that has the specialty training for the procedures you are seeking.

You should know that all plastic surgeons are cosmetic surgeons, but not all cosmetic surgeons are plastic surgeons.

Doctors who have other board certifications and training in areas of medicine such as general medicine, general surgery, dermatology, radiology, gynecology, or any other medical specialty, can legally perform cosmetic surgery procedures, and are required to take only minimal training in cosmetic or plastic surgery.

Most board- certified plastic surgeons belong to the American Society of Plastic Surgery (ASPS), Many plastic surgeons are also members of the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS),

Facial Plastic Surgeons are MD’s who are trained exclusively in reconstructive surgery of the face, head and neck. Facial Plastic Reconstructive Surgeons are Board Certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ABFPRS), and may be Fellows of the American College of Surgeons (FACS),

Some surgeons are double-board certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and by the American Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. (FACS)

The ASPS and ASAPS are the two most important certifications.

  • The surgeon should practice within the scope of their respective medical field, meaning they are qualified to perform procedures that fall under their respective specialties.
  • The surgeon should demonstrate due diligence, especially in terms of patient safety, ethical integrity and reliability, and are in good standing with their state medical boards.
  • No surgeon should be boastful, exaggerate results or discuss treatments done off-label without indicating them as such.
  • Beware of misleading before and after images or suggestions that they offer superior services that cannot be substantiated by fact. Their profile should be vetted and peer-reviewed, not paid-for advertorials.
  • Beware of false and paid for reviews on review sites such as Yelp.
  • The surgical facility should be accredited and in good standing with at least one of the major accredited organizations such as (AAAASF) American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities, (HFAP) Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program, (AAAHC) Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care.
  • It is also important to ask when the facility’s most recent accreditation review was and if they have hospital privileges.
  • Beware of a surgical practice that tries to upsell you on additional procedures that aren’t an area of concern.
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