Would you hire an untrained car mechanic to fix your brakes? Would you buy a discounted parachute? Probably not because your life depends on it.
Yet, cottage industries of practitioners, some of whom have no formal education in surgery, have jumped on the aesthetic bandwagon in the last few years. And, unknowing patients are using their services.
You may have even heard about botched and dangerous cases. This begs the question, “who is qualified to perform your cosmetic surgery?” Let’s look at the importance of board certification.
According to the Society of Plastic Surgeons, in recent years, there have been several reports of unfavorable and adverse events following procedures performed by physicians. Many of these surgeons have not gone through plastic surgery residency and have not qualified to be certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.
Yes, complications can happen with any type of surgery. But, we encourage you to confirm that your surgeon is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Why?
This board certification serves as a warranty for the type of training your surgeon has received and the type of exams he/she needed to successfully pass to get that all important certification.
What Constitutes Cosmetic Surgery Training?
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.
On average, plastic surgery training includes the following:
- Sixteen years of post-high school education, including specific training in reconstructive and cosmetic plastic surgery under direct supervision
- Complete at least six years of surgical training following medical school with a minimum of three years of plastic surgery residency training
- Pass comprehensive oral and written exams (
- Board-certified plastic surgeons have not only met very demanding requirements in order to sit for their boards, but they have also successfully passed a written and a two-day oral examination, being critically evaluated for their fund of knowledge, their ethical standing and their safe and effective approach to multiple reconstructive and cosmetic challenges.)
- Graduate from an accredited medical school
- Complete continuing medical education, including patient safety each year
- Perform surgery in accredited, state-licensed or Medicare-certified surgical facilities
- Adheres to a strict Code of Ethics
ASPS Symbol of Excellence
Plastic surgery encompasses both cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. ASPS Member Surgeons are trained, experienced, and qualified to perform both cosmetic and reconstructive procedures on the face and all areas of the body.
Because many cosmetic procedures are rooted in reconstructive plastic surgery, ASPS Member Surgeons are uniquely qualified to handle your cosmetic needs.
The American Board of Plastic Surgery aims to produce safe, ethical plastic surgeons with an extensive knowledge of the entire spectrum of plastic surgery, who are able to represent our specialty in the highest standards.
All patients seeking plastic surgery procedures should do their homework before choosing their surgeon. Certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery is a qualification not easily obtained, which demonstrates a high level of training and education, necessary for optimal results and patient satisfaction.
You can count on your plastic surgeons at the Plastic Surgery Center, Dr. Bruce Ferris, MD, Dr. Amy Sprole, MD, and Dr. Nataliya Biskup, MD, to be board certified plastic surgeons with a dedication to your care.