Credentials: Why Select a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon for Your Cosmetic Surgery?
surgeons are trained to perform surgery.
It may sound obvious, but many people don't
realize that only some of the 24 medical
specialties recognized by The American Board
of Medical Specialties include surgical
training. Plastic surgery is a surgical
and body procedures. Board-certified plastic
surgeons complete a minimum of five years
of surgical training following medical school,
including a plastic surgery residency program.
In-depth training encompasses surgical procedures
of the face and the entire body.
and, if necessary, handle emergencies. A
comprehensive education, including a sound
foundation in anatomy and physiology, provides
plastic surgeons with an understanding of
all body systems-including ventilation,
circulation, fluid and electrolyte balance-which
is vitally important to patient safety.
skill and aesthetic judgment. Experience
gained during years of training in complex
reconstructive surgery provides plastic
surgeons with outstanding technical skills.
Additionally, however, the continuous attention
to form as well as function provides these
specialists with a finely tuned sense of
aesthetics-a unique qualification that is
critical to the success of cosmetic surgery
where judgments of balance and proportion
are called upon.
of potential treatments. Of all the different
medical specialists, plastic surgeons have
the training to offer their patients the
entire scope of cosmetic treatment modalities.
Their recommendations are not limited by
lack of training or inability to obtain
hospital privileges to perform complex procedures
Because state laws permit any licensed
physician to call him - or herself a "plastic"
or "cosmetic" surgeon - even if
he or she has not been trained as a plastic
surgeon or has had no surgical training
at all - prospective patients must select
their doctor carefully.
The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), is recognized as the world’s leading organization devoted entirely to aesthetic plastic surgery and cosmetic medicine of the face and body. ASAPS is comprised of over 2,600 Plastic Surgeons; active members are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (USA) or by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and have extensive training in the complete spectrum of surgical and non-surgical aesthetic procedures. International active members are certified by equivalent boards of their respective countries. All members worldwide adhere to a strict Code of Ethics and must meet stringent membership requirements.
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