Choosing Your Physician

Choosing your physician

Would you hire an untrained car mechanic to fix your brakes? Would you buy a discounted parachute? The answer to both questions is probably no because your life depends on it.

Cottage industries of practitioners, some of whom have no formal education in surgery, have jumped on the aesthetic bandwagon in the last few years. This begs the question, "who is qualified to perform your cosmetic surgery?" What you may not know is that aesthetic (cosmetic) surgery is a sub-discipline of plastic surgery. All plastic surgeons who train in accredited plastic and reconstructive surgery residencies are comprehensively trained in cosmetic surgery.

While you might find that other medical disciplines have doctors who promote themselves as cosmetic specialists, it is important to remember that the only specialty which trains surgeons in all facets of cosmetic surgery is plastic surgery. There simply is no substitute for the rigorous experience of a comprehensive residency program that includes both complex reconstructive procedures and cosmetic surgery training.

Plastic surgeons are unique in their extensive knowledge of human anatomy; they operate all over the body, on children and adults, both female and male. Plastic surgery requires a rigorous knowledge of the body's entire blood supply, nerve distribution and muscle function and layout. Plastic surgeons are creative, extremely adaptable and able problem solvers.

For your utmost safety, and the best results, we encourage you to do your homework. While it is legal in some states for anyone wearing a white coat to call themselves a cosmetic surgeon, that doesn't mean they've had the proper training to perform your plastic surgery.

The Plastic Surgery Center physicians are members of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Established in 1931, it is the largest plastic surgery specialty organization in the world.

American Society of Plastic Surgery member surgeons:

  • Are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery to perform plastic surgery of the face and all areas of the body.
  • Have at least six years of surgical training and experience, with a minimum of three years of plastic surgery.
  • Only operate in accredited facilities.
  • Fulfill continuing medical education requirements, including standards and innovations in patient safety.
  • Laser surgery and laser treatment for wrinkles and hair removal

Physician Certifications

You can relax and know that you've found a group of experienced and competent physicians at The Plastic Surgery Center, the longest standing plastic surgery practice in Kansas.