A plastic surgeon is a physician who has graduated from an accredited medical school, completed at least five years of surgical training following medical school including a minimum of two years of plastic surgery residency training. Some plastic surgeons have trained in more than one specialty and have expertise in multiple areas.
After training, the American Board of Plastic Surgery gives appropriately trained surgeons two comprehensive exams. After passing both, Board Certification in Plastic Surgery is conferred on the individual. After that, a plastic surgeon must continue their learning through continuing medical education programs.
When you are looking for a cosmetic surgeon, it is important to understand that there are many choices. A doctor’s board certification is one of the best indicators of their training. Look for a certificate from the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Also membership in the American Society of Plastic Surgeons or the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery shows that the surgeon has met rigorous standards and performs surgery in accredited hospitals or accredited outpatient surgical facilities.
No, when you are ready to consult with a surgeon, ask their office if they do what you are interested in. Some Plastic surgeons only do cosmetic work, others reconstructive and then some do both.
Plastic surgeons are trained in full body cosmetic surgery, as well as reconstructive surgery to repair defects from disease or trauma. Some plastic surgeons treat hand problems. Congenital deformities such as cleft lip and palate and other facial or body deformities can be treated by plastic surgeon.
Our division keeps up to date through educational conferences and training future plastic surgeons in our Residency and Fellowship program. All of the different areas of plastic surgery are represented at the hospital.