Many health care providers are now performing plastic surgery procedures, but that doesn’t mean they are all qualified to perform plastic surgery. ASPS Member Surgeons are trained in cosmetic and reconstructive procedures of all types.
Members of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. The ABPS is approved by the American Board of Medical Specialties to certify physicians in plastic surgery of the face and all areas of the body.
When you choose an ASPS Member Surgeon you know that your surgeon:
- Has at least 6 years of training and experience in surgery, with 3 years specifically in plastic surgery
- Is certified by the American 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
- Will be your partner, working to achieve your goals
To make sure your surgeon has these outstanding qualifications, look for the ASPS Member Surgeon symbol, or look them up at the ASPS website, www.PlasticSurgery.org.
Before you have plastic surgery, you will meet with your ASPS surgeon for a consultation. During the consultation, you will want to discuss your goals. Your surgeon will examine you and advise the best procedure to achieve your desired results.
Your Plastic Surgeon Should
- Answer all of your questions thoroughly and clearly.
- Ask about your thoughts to recommended treatment.
- Offer alternatives, where appropriate, without pressuring you to consider unneeded or additional procedures.
- Welcome questions about your procedure and his or her professional qualifications, experience, costs and payment policies.
Make clear the risks of surgery and possible outcomes.
Give you information about the procedure you want.
Leave the final decision to you.
Step 1: Questions to Ask When Choosing a Plastic Surgeon
Are you an ASPS Member Surgeon? (If he or she answers “yes,” you can rest assured that your surgeon is board certified in plastic surgery, has hospital privileges and only performs surgery in accredited facilities.)
Are you board-certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery or The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada?
Do you have hospital privileges to perform this procedure? If so, at which hospitals?
Is the surgical facility accredited?
Step 2: Questions to Ask Your ASPS Member Surgeon
It is important to talk to your ASPS Member Surgeon about your goals and your treatment.
Feel confident asking about your doctors credentials, experience, outcomes or safety record. It is your body, your safety and your life.
- Am I a good candidate for this procedure?
- What will be expected of me to get optimal results?
- What are the risks involved with my procedure?
- How long of a recovery period can I expect, and what kind of help will I need during my recovery?
- Will I need to take time off work? If so, how long?
The main concept in choosing a plastic surgeon is that it is an important decision one that influences your health and the outcome of your procedure.
Take your time in creating a short list of candidates- based on recommendations and word of mouth.
Then do your homework and confirm their background, credentials and experience.
Finally, meet them and ensure that the communication level is excellent in both directions.
Once you have met and committed to the right surgeon you will undoubtedly have a wonderful, life-enhancing experience..