Board Certification of a Plastic Surgeon


Board Certification of a Plastic Surgeon- It makes all the difference

Board Certification of a plastic surgeon is crucial when you are deciding on who you choose to perform your cosmetic or reconstructive procedure. So the first step should be checking credentials; “Are you seeing a board certified plastic surgeon, someone certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery?” These are questions Rod Rohrich, MD suggests patients ask prior to making such an important decision. Ensuring your plastic surgeon has the proper qualifications is a step YOU DO NOT WANT TO SKIP!

Rohrich is an internationally known board certified plastic surgeon. He’s a professor and past Chairman of the Department of Plastic Surgery at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. The key is, “know, BEFORE you go,” says Rohrich. “The consumer needs to be educated; are you a real plastic surgeon, is it an accredited facility?” Asking these questions before you commit may save your life.

“A family practice doctor doing plastic surgery or a dentist injecting Botox may not be illegal,” but board certified plastic surgeon Frank Lista, MD, says it should be a “red flag”. Dr. Lista is a board certified specialist in plastic surgery in Canada and the United States and holds a specialty certificate in plastic surgery from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. “People need to do their homework; it’s not any more expensive to select a board certified plastic surgeon or dermatologist, so why wouldn’t you select the best surgeon possible?,” says Lista.

Eligibility requirements include:

Being certified in one of several ABMS Boards (including the American Board of Plastic Surgery, American Board of Surgery, American Board of Dermatologic Surgery, or the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery)

Completing an AACS-approved fellowship, or being in practice a minimum of six years and having performed at least 1000 cosmetic surgery cases

Passing a stringent two-day oral and written examination
Being of good moral character

A popular reality TV show called “Botched” on the E network deals with disastrous results in plastic surgery, which only goes to show how often it is happening. In the news more and more are tragic headlines; such as a recent case of a Texas woman who was found dead in a so-called salon after receiving buttock injections. The cause of her death has not been confirmed. However a suspect and an accomplice have been arrested for allegedly practicing medicine without a license, including performing cosmetic procedures like butt injections. Police say the suspects were charging $500 for illegal hydrogel injections and sealed them with Super Glue! Why would anyone put their health at such risk?

You will achieve the best results from plastic surgery if you and your board certified surgeon communicate openly and work together to form a partnership and realistic goals. An understanding of your expectations and motivation is essential understanding between you and your plastic surgeon. At Aguiar Plastic Surgery Dr. Aguiar has a method for helping his patients make the right choices he calls it the

4 R’s – Right Patient + Right Procedure + Realistic Expectations = Great Results!

The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery ASAPS,suggests patients use this checklist as a guide during consultation:

  • Are you certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery?
  • Were you trained specifically in the field of plastic surgery?
  • How many years of plastic surgery training have you had?
  • Do you have hospital privileges to perform this procedure? If so, which hospitals?
  • How many procedures of this type have you performed?
  • What are the risks and complications associated with my procedure?
  • What are my options if I am dissatisfied with the outcome of my surgery?
  • Do you have before-and-after photos I can look at for each procedure and what results are reasonable for me?

Making the decision to have plastic surgery that will make a permanent change on you is a big commitment. It’s a decision you should not make lightly. There are thousands of plastic surgeons out there, make sure the one you pick is board certified, with a good reputation. You have to know if the benefits will out way the risks, what the costs are, if someone you know used this doctor, and can you speak to their patients about their experience and if they would recommend the surgery and the surgeon. Any good doctor would not only allow that, they would encourage it.

If you are seeking more information on facial and body plastic surgery you should make an appointment with a board certified plastic surgeon like Dr Aguiar. At Aguiar Plastic Surgery, we offer state-of-the art, safe, and effective cosmetic procedures, plastic surgery, reconstructive surgery, and Med Spa services in Tampa, Florida. We can discuss your concerns and give you an honest consultation that is designed and tailored to create an appearance on the outside that will reflect how you feel on the inside.

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