Pursuing plastic surgery to improve your appearance can boost your body image and your confidence. When looking for a plastic surgeon to help you achieve your aesthetic goals, choosing a board-certified practitioner is an important part of the process. This professional credential is voluntary but can make a significant difference in the care you receive.
Receiving a certification from the American Board of Plastic Surgery, or ABPS, means that your provider has completed specific training in plastic surgery. This results in high standards of professionalism and offers multiple benefits that increase your chances of loving the results of your procedures.
To become a board-certified plastic surgeon, your provider needs to complete:
- A Doctor of Medicine degree
- Five years of clinical general surgery residency training
- Three years of plastic surgery residency training
- A written exam and a two-day oral exam to demonstrate their knowledge of plastic surgery including ethics and safety
It usually takes about sixteen years of post-high school education to reach certification by the ABPS. The association requires recertification every ten years to ensure that every plastic surgeon stays on top of current medical and patient care developments.
Lifelong education is key to maintaining certification and it helps plastic surgeons provide continuous quality services to their clients.
Patient Care and Safety
Since board certification is voluntary, the dedication to the process shows the surgeon’s deep interest in patient care. Providing a safe environment and keeping up to date with advanced methods are central to plastic surgeons who choose to obtain and maintain board certification.
Choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon is an effective way to know that they are going to treat you great care. This includes a commitment to taking the time to find the appropriate procedure(s) for your goals and address any questions you may have. Your comfort and safety are central to the medical services they provide.
Medical and Aesthetic Expertise
When you trust a plastic surgeon to enhance your appearance, you want to get relevant recommendations for beautiful results. A board-certified plastic surgeon has years of experience with both plastic and reconstructive training and practice. This helps them understand how form and function work together. Between their medical knowledge and their attention to detail, they can help you achieve your goals.
While all plastic surgeons have extensive knowledge for procedures on both body and face, do not hesitate to discuss whether they have additional expertise in the specific area you are interested in receiving surgery for.
Since insurance does not generally cover plastic surgery, you may be tempted to choose a surgeon who is less expensive but saving up to work with a board-certified surgeon is worth the wait and investment since you are enhancing your body.
Call West Coast Plastic Surgery Center today at (805) 978-8545 or use our online form to schedule a consultation with Dr. Gorodisky!