When considering cosmetic surgery, it’s important to do your research on potential surgeons. Did you know that any licensed physician can legally call themselves a cosmetic surgeon and perform cosmetic procedures, regardless of their training? Or a physician may be board-certified, but not in the services they are offering? Surprisingly, there are no laws against this. Confirming that your surgeon is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery helps serve as a warranty for the type of training they have received.
Board-certification in Plastic Surgery can only be awarded by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS), only after the surgeon finishes a formal residency in Plastic Surgery and passes a written and oral examination. After they are board-certified, they must participate in continuing medical education programs to maintain that status.
Dr. Robinson is board-certified by the ABPS and the American Board of Surgery (ABS). He is also a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). To be certified by the ABPS, physicians must graduate from an accredited medical school. They must complete at least 6 years of additional training as a resident surgeon, covering all areas of surgery, including at least 3 years devoted entirely to plastic surgery. ABPS certified surgeons are trained, experienced, and qualified to perform both cosmetic and reconstructive procedures on all areas of the body and face.
Your consultation is a time for you to ask questions to ensure you are confident with your surgeon’s training and expertise. An understanding of your goals, expectations, and motivation is essential to a successful partnership. Here are some questions to use 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?
- Do you have hospital privileges to perform this procedure? If so, at which hospitals?
- Is the surgical facility accredited by a recognized accrediting agency?
- How many procedures of this type have you performed?
- Am I a good candidate for this 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?
- Do you have before-and-after photos I can look at for each procedure and what results are reasonable for me?
When it comes to your appearance, you want to make sure you are in the best hands. No matter how much of a ‘deal’ you may think you’re getting, you must consider if you’re willing to take a risk by using a non-board certified plastic surgeon. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Robinson today or call our office at (219) 500-5766.