Making the decision to pursue plastic surgery is an important one. Undergoing cosmetic surgery with a well-trained, experienced plastic surgeon such as Dr. Donald Hause can restore your self confidence and improve your quality of life overall. Unfortunately, undergoing plastic surgery with an underqualified surgeon can compound your aesthetic concern and increase your risk of suffering surgical complications.
How do you know whether a surgeon is qualified to perform your plastic surgery procedure? A well-qualified plastic surgeon is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Let’s explore what it means to have board certification and why it is important.
What Board Certification Entails
To receive certification from the American Board of Plastic Surgery, a plastic surgeon must meet the criteria established by the board in regard to surgical training, safety and ethics, among other guidelines.
For instance, board-certified plastic surgeons have graduated from an accredited medical school. They have received a minimum of five years of surgical training, with two of those years focusing specifically on plastic surgery. Also, they must pass comprehensive written and oral exams regarding plastic surgery procedures, safety protocols and other topics. In addition, board-certified plastic surgeons must have admitting privileges at a local hospital for the procedures they perform. They must also adhere to a strict ethical code. That is why you can trust that board-certified plastic surgeons are well-trained and qualified to perform your plastic surgery procedure of choice.
Be Cautious of Physicians Who Don’t Have Board Certification
In contrast, you should be cautious of physicians who offer cosmetic surgery procedures but are not certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. This is because there are certain physicians out there who may offer cosmetic surgery, even though they do not have proper training in this field.
For example, an ophthalmologist (eye surgeon) who performs LASIK vision correction surgery may also offer cosmetic eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty). However, if the ophthalmologist is not certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, he or she may not have undergone plastic surgery training. The physician may be qualified to operate on your cornea, but this does not necessarily mean that he or she will deliver the natural-looking results you are seeking with blepharoplasty. Worse yet, the physician could put you at risk of suffering surgical complications if he or she does not perform the cosmetic eyelid surgery procedure correctly.
To help ensure you receive the aesthetic results you desire from cosmetic surgery and to protect your health, it is extremely important that you choose a board-certified plastic surgeon to perform your procedure.