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Choosing the Right Plastic Surgeon

Once a patient decides to undergo plastic surgery, it is important that they choose a physician "Board Certified" by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, the only Board recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties to certify Plastic Surgeons. Surgeons on staff of New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai (NYEE) Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery are highly trained specialists in their field. In addition to holding a board certification, many have undergone further specialized training   to combine the best surgical skills, cutting-edge techniques, and the highest aesthetic judgment that a plastic surgeon can achieve. The result is a natural and harmonious appearance with none of the stigmata of "done" surgery.

Why choose a board-certified plastic surgeon?

Board-certified physicians have the education and background to provide the highest quality, state-of-the-art care in aesthetic plastic surgery. To receive certification, a Board-Certified plastic surgeon must complete a minimum of six years of surgery residency, three of which are devoted entirely to specialized training in plastic surgery. Many plastic surgeons now spend an additional year or more in intensive "aesthetic" or "cosmetic" Postgraduate Fellowship Training, which further solidifies the combination of the best surgical skill and artistic judgment to produce the most esthetically pleasing results. In addition to the initial certifying examinations, plastic surgeons are required by the Board regulations to be recertified by examination on a regular basis.

You may go one step further when choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon by asking if he/she is a member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). Such plastic surgeons have the additional education background necessary to practice the highest quality patient care in aesthetic plastic surgery. In addition to the American Board of Plastic Surgery certification and membership in ASAPS, the physicians must submit documentation of major aesthetic surgical cases performed during the previous year. They must also be sponsored by two ASAPS members, at least one of whom practices in the same geographical area. After thorough committee review, the candidates then must be elected through the entire membership. After joining ASAPS the physicians continually attend scientific meetings, symposia and workshops sponsored by the organization.

The prospective patient should always bear in mind that there are more than 100 certifying boards NOT recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties, an organization relied upon for the maintenance of quality standards by the American Medical Association, major hospital credential committees, insurance, and government authorities.

Therefore, be sure your physician's credentials read "American Board of Plastic Surgery Accredited.” These credentials may be checked at the Hospital’s Medical Affairs Office or your local County Medical Society.

For more information, contact The American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons.

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