12 Things You Should Know Before Having Plastic Surgery (Part 4 of 12)


Many doctors claim to be “board certified”, but in what specialty?  It is very difficult for consumers to navigate thru this tangled web of medicine.  Who’s qualified?

Let’s put it this way?  Would you want a plastic surgeon delivering your baby?  Or how about performing a knee replacement?  Absurd right?!?!  But that is the reality when you have a doctor trained in one specialty, ie, OB/GYN, family medicine, or emergency medicine and they just “decide” to do plastic surgery.  Weekend courses on how to a “cosmetic doctor” don’t qualify as “real” training.  Only Board Certified Plastic Surgeons who are recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialities are truly experts in the field of plastic surgery.  And yes, med spa procedures fall into plastic surgery.

4. Beware of Certifications – Many of those practicing cosmetic or plastic surgery do not have certifications in plastic surgery. If the doctor is NOT certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and/or a member of the ASPS (American Society of Plastic Surgeons) he/she hasn’t followed the tradional route of training.  They aren’t required to have additional training each year and are not held to higher and safer standards. Some cosmetic “certifications” are easily attainable by only paying a fee and are not certified by the American Board of Medical Specialties(ABMS)  Do your research!  Please don’t just go to a doctor that has a billboard with fake pictures! 

If you are looking for a plastic surgeon, make sure you can find them on the ASPS and ABMS websites and that they are specialist in Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery.

Dr. Aguiar has completed all the required education and training, but he has also gone above and beyond the requirements and completed two additional fellowship training programs.  One was in Hand & Microvascular Surgery and another is Cosmetic Surgery with world renowned Dr. Ivo Pitanguy in Rio de Janerio, Brazil.  Not many plastic surgeons in the United States have had the honor of learning from Dr. Pitanguy, one of the most prominent plastic surgeons worldwide.

Dr. Aguiar is available for consultation.  Schedule yours today by calling 813.400.1949

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