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Plastic Surgeon

Looking for proof of Board Certification in Plastic Surgery is recommended.

You are encouraged to check the TYPE of certification at
the American Board of Medical Specialties

The American Board of Medical Specialties is responsible in the USA to provide adequate examinations for those seeking certification. There are a lot of 'boards' out there. These are 'boards' formed just like you would form a corporation. You buy a name. They are many 'companies' with little to no meaning as to the quality of its members.

Cosmetic surgery board certification is not recognized as valid. It was made a corporation by a group of doctors who wanted to do cosmetic surgey. The training of such individuals varies and there is no quality control overseeing their training. Cosmetic surgery board certification is not sanctioned by the American Board of Medical Specialists.

Recently M.D.s, D.O.s and D.D.S.s with no formal surgical training are being trained 'on the job' to do cosmetic surgery. Remember - dentists, dermatologists - ear nose and throat doctors - gynecologists and even family practitioners can do 'plastic surgery' and it is not illegal to call themselves plastic surgeons. Ask to see the certificate that shows board certification by the the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

Also, ask if the doctor has hospital privileges in a major hospital to do such operations. California has taken measures to stop unqualified M.D.s and D.O.s from doing cosmetic surgery. California law states that surgeons doing office surgery must have privileges to do such surgery in a hospital. Apparently this is California's attempt to stop under-trained surgeons from hurting people in their offices away from the Quality Assurance Programs of the hospitals.

Some doctors claiming to be plastic surgeons are otolaryngologists (ear nose and throat doctors). They call themselves facial plastic surgeons. Their board certification will be by the American Board of Otolaryngology.



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