Choosing a Qualified Plastic Surgeon

With so many plastic surgeons to choose from, it may be difficult to know if you've chosen the right plastic surgeon for your needs. It could help to consider a number of factors, such as certification, education, training and experience.

Choosing a plastic surgeon who is a diplomate of the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) is a smart way of making sure you are dealing with a credible surgeon.

A board-certified plastic surgeon has met all of the requirements of the ABPS. This means they have graduated from an accredited medical school, have received at least three years of general surgery training and 2 years of plastic surgery training, and have passed rigorous examinations. A board-certified plastic surgeon is very qualified to perform plastic surgery and has received a high level of training.

Along with training and board certification, it is also important to find out about the plastic surgeon's style and technique. Viewing before and after photos of previous surgery cases is the best way to see the style of the surgeon, along with the outcomes of the procedures.

Another factor that can affect your surgical experience is a surgeon's memberships in professional organizations. Find out if the plastic surgeon is a member in the American Society of Plastic Surgeons or the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Surgeons must be invited to participate in such organizations and in order to maintain their membership, surgeons need to continue educating themselves on new procedures, patient safety and various areas of plastic surgery.