Cosmetic Surgery vs. Plastic Surgery: The Dangerous Difference
Experience, credentials and training are of the utmost importance when selecting a Plastic Surgeon. Do your homework and do not be misled by family physicians, moonlighting as cosmetic surgeons. Legally having a medical license allows anyone to call themselves a cosmetic surgeon even if there training was in a non-surgical specialty. Always look for the physician to have credentials as a board-certified plastic surgeon to perform plastic surgery.
Cosmetic Surgery, is not a medical specialty recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). The American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) is the only board recognized by the ABMS to certify physicians in the full range of plastic and reconstructive procedures.
This misnomer is undoubtedly confusing for the general public. Selecting a board-certified plastic surgeon ensures that you are in the hands of a highly trained surgeon who adheres to both strict safety and ethical standards.
To be recognized as a board certified plastic surgeon is to be among the elite medical professionals who have completed rigorous training, testing and continuing education. Additionally, board-certified plastic surgeons must adhere to the ethical and safety guidelines demanded of the ASPS.
To ensure make the very important decision of selecting your surgeon wisely, keep these 6 questions in mind.
- Is your physician board certified with the American Board of Plastic Surgery?
- What hospital admitting privileges does your physician have?
- Hospital privileges say a lot about a surgeon as extensive background checks and board certification requirements must be met to attain such privileges.
- Evaluate the initial consultation?
- Was the surgeon both professional and personable? Did he/she take the time to hear your concerns and answer your questions?
- Are you comfortable with the office staff?
- What is your surgeons experience with the procedure?
- What is his/her specialty? How often has he/she done this specific procedure? Ask to see before and after pictures.
- What is the surgeon and office staffs availability to you?
- Does the surgeon seem open to communication? Does he/she give you a way to reach him for further questions and concerns?
Dr. Steven J Rottman, MD is a Double Board Certified, Georgetown University trained and Award Winning, Aesthetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgeon with two office locations in the Baltimore Area.
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