Is your “plastic” surgeon really a Plastic Surgeon?
Minimize your risks by being proactive and selecting the most qualified surgeons and facilities possible.
How to Choose your Plastic Surgeon
1.Make sure the surgeon is Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery not just“board certified”. (The American Board of Cosmetic Surgery and the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery are not recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties.)
2. Ensure the surgeon has a valid medical license in your state.
3. Find out where the surgeon performs the procedures. Beware if procedures can only be performed in the doctor’s office.
4. Ask about the qualifications of the person giving anesthesia and the surgical assistants. If anesthesia is needed it should be given by a Board Certified Anesthesiologist or Nurse Anesthetists. The assistants should be registered nurses and/or certified surgical assistants.
5. Ensure the surgical facility is accredited by the State and the American Association of Ambulatory Surgery Centers (AAASC) or the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities, Inc. (AAAASF).
6. Visit the American Society of Plastic Surgeons’ website at www.asps.org for more information on choosing the best surgeon in your area.