Yes! You should not have anything done by a facility that is not directed by a plastic surgeon who is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. The only board recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties and the American Medical Association for the certification of plastic surgeons is the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Physicians certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery…
- have specialized residency training
- have successfully completed rigorous oral and written examinations in plastic surgery
- are held to high ethical standards
- are required to pursue continuing education to maintain and develop their skills
You can contact the state medical board, the American Board of Plastic Surgery, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, or the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery to double check a surgeon’s credentials. Don’t be fooled, a “cosmetic surgeon” may not be a plastic surgeon!