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How to Find the “Right” Plastic Surgeon

Check Board-Certification: A doctor's board-certification is the best indicator of his or her training in a particular medical or surgical specialty. Look for certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS), the only Board recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) to certify doctors in the specialty of plastic surgery.

Check Membership: In addition to verifying that your plastic surgeon is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS), it is recommended to check that your surgeon is a member in good standing with the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and/or the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS).

Check Facility Accreditation: Cosmetic surgery can safely be performed in a hospital, a surgical center or an office-based surgical facility: Current published data show that accredited office-based facilities have a safety record comparable to that of hospital ambulatory surgery settings. However, the majority of office-based surgical facilities are not accredited. Another advantage of selecting an ASPS and/or ASAPS member surgeon is that they operate in accredited, state-licensed or Medicare-certified facilities.

Check Hospital Privileges: Before granting operating privileges, hospital review committees evaluate a surgeon's training and competency for specific procedures. Wherever the surgery will be performed, be sure that the surgeon has operating privileges in an accredited hospital  for the same procedure being considered.

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