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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.
The so called American Board of Cosmetic surgery is not
recognized as valid by the ABMS. It was made a corporation
by a group of doctors who wanted to do cosmetic surgery.
They were so called facial plastic surgeons, general surgeons,
dermatologists and even psychiatrists. The training of
such individuals obviously 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 some M.D.s or D.O.s with no formal surgical training
are being trained 'on the job' to do cosmetic surgery.
Remember - dermatologists - ear nose and throat doctors
- gynecologists and even family practitioners can do 'plastic
surgery'. It is not illegal to call themselves plastic
surgeons. Recently a dentist in Tennessee tried to get
privileges to do facelifts, eyelid surgery, nasal surgery,
etc,etc,etc. The courts to this point have said no.
This may change -
You need an indicator of training and skill. Ask to see
the certificate that shows board certification by 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.