Finding a Plastic SurgeonFinding a qualified plastic surgeon
can be challenging. Do not underestimate how complex this task is.
If a friend was satisfied with the care provided by a plastic surgeon
, there is a chance that you will be similarly pleased. Unfortunately, not everyone has a friend who has had plastic surgery. Someone in the medical profession, such as your family doctor or a nurse may be able to refer you to a competent surgeon. Keep in mind, however, that doctors and nurses may only be familiar with the physicians at their own hospitals, and they may refer to plastic surgeons based on personality or friendship rather than ability. They will also tend to refer to "hospital-based" plastic surgeons, who tend to perform mostly reconstructive surgery. Make sure your plastic surgeon spends most of his or her time performing cosmetic surgery - especially the one you're seeking
Look for a Plastic Surgeon who is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. official-appearing certificates and various different boards may sound impressive, but "Certification of competency from such organizations is probably meaningless." Be certain to ask from which board certification was received. If your plastic surgeon is not certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery, be suspicious.
You may look in your telephone directory for a plastic surgeon, but be aware that in most metropolitan telephone directories, only about two thirds of the physicians listed under "Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons" are plastic surgeons who are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). Some physicians listed in the plastic surgery section have absolutely no formal training in cosmetic plastic surgeon
Telephone directories in most states do not require physicians to state from which board they received certification. Therefore, physicians may advertise under "Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons" and state they are board certified, but not be certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.
Look for a Plastic Surgeon who is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).The ASPS only inducts plastic surgeons who are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. To obtain the names of these plastic surgeons in your area, call the ASPS at 847-228-9900
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