Finding a truly qualified plastic surgeon begins with examining credentials. Graduation from medical school, residency and fellowship accruing general surgical knowledge and experience are prerequisites. Beyond these, a trustworthy plastic surgeon will possess a board certification. According to the American Board of Medical Specialties, “board certification plays a vital role in making sure physicians critically evaluate their practices, acquire new skills, and adapt their practices to changing patient health needs.”
Board certification is a reassurance the plastic surgeon has received training in the core body of knowledge of the specialty. Per the American Board of Physician Specialties: “While board certification should not be the only factor to consider when interviewing prospective physicians… it is a recognized indicator of a physician’s mastery of their field of expertise.”
Finally, board certifications are generally valid for 10 years, after which the physician must again pass an exam administered by the relevant specialty board. Plastic surgery is a dynamic specialty; the technology evolves rapidly. The re-certification requirement serves as a periodic “maintenance of competence” — evidence of a plastic surgeon’s “ongoing improvement of practice” and adaptation to new techniques and technology in the specialty.
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