Plastic surgery involvesmany choices

The first and most important step is selecting a surgeon you can trust. Today, many health care providers are performing plastic surgery procedures. That does not mean, however, that they are all qualified to perform plastic surgery.When you choose a doctor who is a member of theAmerican Society of Plastic Surgeons, you can be assured that your surgeon is well qualified to perform your surgery:

  • Members of theAmerican Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) are certified by theAmerican Board of Plastic Surgery.
  • TheAmerican Board of Plastic Surgery is approved by theAmerican Board ofMedical Specialties to certify physicians in plastic surgery of the face and all areas of the body.
  • ASPSMember Surgeons are trained, experienced and qualified to perform both cosmetic and reconstructive procedures on the face and all areas of the body.
  • Because many cosmetic procedures are rooted in reconstructive plastic surgery,ASPSMember Surgeons are uniquely qualified to handle your cosmetic needs.

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If you are contemplating have a plastic surgical procedure, educating yourself is an important first step. Review the following information to aid in your decision-making.

ASPS Member Surgeons have these outstanding qualifications

  • At least 6 years of training and experience in surgery, with 3 years specifically in plastic surgery
  • Trained and experienced in all plastic surgery procedures, including breast, body, face and reconstruction
  • Certification by theAmerican Board of Plastic Surgery
  • Operates only in accredited medical facilities
  • Adheres to a strict code of ethics
  • Fulfills continuing education requirements, including patient safety techniques
  • Has the commitment to be your partner, working to achieve your goals together

Questions to ask your plastic surgeon

  • Are you Board Certified?
  • How many times have you done this procedure?
  • What other medical staff will assist with the procedure?
  • Where will the procedure be performed?
  • Do you have hospital privileges or a certified facility in which to perform this procedure?
    (and at which hospitals?)
  • What type of anesthesia will be used during the procedure?
  • What are the risks associated with this procedure?
  • Can I see multiple before and after pictures of patients on whom you have performed the same or similar procedures?
  • What is the exact breakdown of fees for this procedure?

Your plastic surgeon should give you

  • Complete answers to all your questions
  • Time to listen to your feed back to his recommended treatment
  • Other alternatives where appropriate without pressure to agree to additional procedures
  • Clear answers about any risks and possible outcomes of surgery
  • Full information about the procedure you are interested in
  • Time for any additional questions or concerns you may have and to make your final decision

To learn more about choosing a plastic surgeon and about plastic surgical procedures, visit

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How To Choose A Plastic Surgeon

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