To say we live in times of uncertainty and confusion is an understatement. Recently several patients have asked me about "board certified cosmetic surgeons." Many patients make their rounds and when talking to them directly many of the "board certified cosmetic surgeons" were not certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgeons but by the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery. So now what is the difference?
A study done at Vanderbilt reviewed the residency training of 342 A.B.C.S. certified physicians. When a doctor is board certified what does it mean? Every board has criteria that doctors have to meet to be designated "board certified." A board certified plastic surgeon has to have a MINIMUM of six years of surgery including two years of plastic surgery residency. After my six years I did a two year fellowship in cosmetic surgery. However, a A.B.C.S. certified doctor is only required to complete 1 year of surgical training, experience 300 procedures and complete a written/oral exam all in one weekend. If the candidate passes they claim they are "board certified." ALWAYS ask your doctor, you are board certified by WHICH board? There are family practitioners who do cosmetic surgery even though they have little to no surgical experience. Trust me there is a difference. So be wise and ask the right questions. Your consult with me is FREE - ask all the questions you want! We are here to serve you, educate you and guide you. Utilize my 30+ years experience.