Picking Your Plastic Surgeon: Why Board Certification Matters
When choosing a plastic surgeon, there are several factors that you must take into consideration. The plastic surgeon’s experience, surgical approach and adherence to safety are all important criteria. The only way to know for sure if your surgeon is well-qualified is to check whether he or she is a board-certified plastic surgeon, or board-eligible.
A board-certified plastic surgeon is a surgeon that has been certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). ABPS is the only board recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) to govern plastic surgeons. A plastic surgeon that is certified by the ABPS has met rigorous criteria established by the board in regard to surgical training, safety and ethics, among other guidelines.
Here, leading plastic surgeon Dr. Ary Krau takes a look at the specifics of what board certification entails.
Board certified surgeons must have an undergraduate degree and a medical degree (MD) or osteopathy degree (DO) from an accredited university.
A board certified plastic surgeon such as Dr. Ary Krau has completed six years of surgical training after medical school before becoming eligible for board certification. This training includes a minimum of three years of plastic surgery residency training. During this training, the plastic surgeon becomes well-versed in procedures for both the face and body, and how to prevent and handle medical emergencies.
To become board certified, plastic surgeons must pass rigorous written and oral exams to demonstrate their knowledge on plastic surgery procedures and safety protocols. A board certified plastic surgeon is continuously learning the best practices and latest advances in their specialty.
Board certified plastic surgeons must also follow a strict ethical code set forth by the ABPS. They must be licensed by the state(s) in which they work and only operate in accredited, state-licensed or Medicare-certified facilities.
A Word of Caution About Non-ABPS-Certified Surgeons
Be cautious of physicians who call themselves “plastic surgeons” or “cosmetic surgeons,” but are not certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgeons. State laws permit any licensed physician to call themselves a plastic or cosmetic surgeon, but they may not have been trained as a plastic surgeon or received any surgical training at all. For example, a dermatologist or OB-GYN may offer cosmetic procedures but may not know how to properly deal with surgical complications or how to perform plastic surgery properly. This can lead to botched or even deadly outcomes.
About Dr. Krau
When Miami breast lift patients want an experienced, caring plastic surgeon they can trust, they come to Dr. Ary Krau. For over two decades, Dr. Krau has helped women achieve the fuller, perkier breasts they desire through his unique breast lift technique and caring, friendly approach. Dr. Krau specializes in breast-related plastic surgeries, performing over 500 breast lift and augmentation procedures each year.
To learn more about breast lift surgery, contact Dr. Krau today. Schedule your one-on-one consultation by calling (800) 664-9714.