Make sure your plastic surgeon is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery

Published: November 9, 2013
Category: General

Many health care providers are now performing plastic surgery procedures, many under the title of “Cosmetic Surgeon”. But the term “Cosmetic Surgeon” doesn’t guarantee that the physician is qualified to perform plastic surgery.

Member Surgeons of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons are trained in cosmetic and reconstructive procedures of all types and are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. This board certifies physicians in plastic surgery of the face and all areas of the body.

When you choose an ASPS Member Surgeon such as Dr. Nathan Leigh, Dr. Robert Wilke or Dr. Michael Philbin you can be assured that your doctor meets the following criteria:

  • Has at least six years of training and experience in surgery, with three years specifically in plastic surgery. The surgeons at Edina Plastic Surgery have over 55 years of combined plastic surgery experience.
  • Is trained and experienced in all plastic surgery procedures, including breast, body, and face. Our surgeons have performed thousands of plastic surgeries of all types.
  • Is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. All of the surgeons at EPS are board-certified.
  • Operates only in accredited medical facilities. Edina Plastic Surgery has an accredited in-house surgery center for the convenience and safety of our patients.

To make sure your surgeon has these outstanding qualifications, look for the ASPS Member Surgeon symbol. You’ll achieve the best results from plastic surgery if you and your surgeon communicate openly and work together to achieve realistic goals.

Use this checklist as a guide during your consultation:

  • Are you certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery?
  • Are you a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons?
  • Were you trained specifically in the field of plastic surgery?
  • How many years of plastic surgery training have you had?
  • How many procedures of this type have you performed?
  • Am I a good candidate for this procedure?
  • Where and how will you perform my procedure?
  • How long of a recovery period can I expect, and what kind of help will I need during my recovery?
  • What are the risks and complications associated with my procedure?
  • How are complications handled?
  • Do you have before-and-after photos I can look at for each procedure and what results are reasonable for me?

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