Doctors who are not certified nor trained are performing plastic surgery procedures at unprecedented rates. They are attracting patients left and right with deep discounts and package deals. While the price may seem right, patients do not realize that they could be jeopardizing a lot more than their looks when they choose the wrong practitioner. Non-certified providers often skimp when it comes to providing the appropriate level of care. Patients are at risk for mistakes and potentially serious or fatal complications. Even minor procedures can be a big deal when it comes to your health and appearance.
If you’re thinking about getting a procedure, no matter how small, always do your homework and use a plastic surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). Here are five reasons why:
1. Board certified plastic surgeons have received extensive training
When compared to other doctors who perform plastic surgery, surgeons certified by the ABPS have the lowest complication rate due to their education and experience.
Board certified plastic surgeons are required to complete at least three years of general surgical training and then a minimum of two years in plastic surgery. The plastic surgery specialization includes specific, in-depth instruction on facial procedures. Rigorous written and oral tests must be passed before a board certified surgeon is allowed to practice.
2. Board certified plastic surgeons are prepared to handle emergencies
If something unplanned ever happens during a treatment or procedure, you want a trained expert on your side. Board certified plastic surgeons not only have the experience necessary to get the results you’re seeking, but they take extra precautions and have the support they need to ensure your health and safety.
3. Board certified plastic surgeons only operate in accredited medical facilities
While minimally invasive procedures such as injections are often done in a plastic surgeon’s office, board certified plastic surgeons perform surgical procedures in accredited facilities such as a hospital, an in or outpatient center or a day surgery center. Accredited medical facilities must meet strict national standards for equipment, operating room safety and personnel. Precautions taken in accredited settings have been proven to decrease the numbers of serious complications.
4. Board certified plastic surgeons adhere to a strict code of ethics
The ABPS has a strict code of ethics that every certified plastic surgeon must follow. The code outlines everything that board certified surgeons are and are not allowed to do. It looks out for patients’ welfare. If a surgeon violates the code, he or she is subject to disciplinary action, including expulsion.
5. Board certified plastic surgeons are required to keep their skills up to date
Board certified plastic surgeons are required to take continuing medical education classes and pass a written test every 10 years to remain certified. The classes and tests help ensure that the plastic surgeon you select is up to date with the latest standards, techniques, and innovations.
If you’re looking for an ABPS board-certified facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Phillip Garcia of Garcia Facial Plastic Surgery is a proven, trusted choice. For over 15 years, Dr. Garcia has served thousands of patients in North Florida and beyond who have sought facial plastic surgery for a variety of reasons. Also certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology, he limits his practice to facial procedures. Dr. Garcia’s focused practice has made him a respected source both locally and internationally. In addition to being a premier plastic surgeon, Dr. Garcia is an educator who has published several papers and presented numerous research topics.