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
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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