How to Judge the Credibility and Experience of a Plastic Surgeon

Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

If you’re planning to undergo a plastic surgery, extreme emphasis should be given to the selection of an appropriate plastic surgeon. The credibility and experience of your chosen surgeon can make the difference between a successful and failed surgery and a little negligence can force you to live with life-long regrets of a procedure gone awry.

Therefore, we’ve compiled a list of factors and attributes which must be examined before opting for a specific plastic surgeon.

Board Certification and Worldwide Plastic Surgery Societies

The board certification of a plastic surgeon gives a clear indication of their training in a specific surgical facility.

  • In the US, certification by the ‘American Board of Plastic Surgery’ (ABPS) happens to be the most credible. It’s the only board which carries recognition by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) for the certification of plastic surgeons.
  • The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCSC) is the Canadian board for certification of plastic surgeons.
  • Meanwhile, The European Board of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery (EBOPRAS) is the European board which certifies plastic surgeons all over Europe.

Similarly, there are different societies established by countries all over the world which regulate the working of plastic surgeons. Some of those societies are mentioned below:

  • International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS) is an international society of plastic surgery which provides membership to plastic surgeons from all over the world. The society maintains strict standards for gaining and maintaining the membership status.
  • British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) is the representative body of plastic surgeons belonging to United Kingdom. All the members of this association are required to go through an annual safety audit of their practice in order to maintain the membership.
  • The Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) is the governing body of Australian plastic surgeons and maintains the professional ethics and required standards of plastic surgery. All the surgeons who are ABPS certified are re-examined after every 10 years.

Experience verification

​Although the certification indicates that the surgeon carries sufficient experience, but further investigation should also be carried out before finalizing a specific surgeon.

The following questions must be asked from your potential plastic surgeon:

  • How did they get the training in the procedure you’re considering?
  • For how long have they been performing this procedure?
  • How many times have they performed the very same procedure before?
  • What’s the success and failure rate of the procedures they’ve performed?

It’s absolutely mandatory to get satisfactory answers of the above mentioned questions before making your decision.

Only those surgeons who have years of experience in the required procedure should be considered for the job. In addition to that, you must examine the results of the previous surgeries performed by the surgeon. This can be done either by looking at before and after surgery photographs or by meeting the patients after getting their details from the surgeon.

Last but not the least; it’s best if you consult a surgeon only after credible referrals either from your family doctor or a trusted friend or family member who has previously acquired their services.

Your body and appearance holds supreme importance for you and it should only be treated by the finest cosmetic surgeon available.

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