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Understanding Your Plastic Surgeon

In this current climate of meaningless titles it is very important to be transparent and define exactly what they mean. As a Board-certified Plastic Surgeon, I take pride in my training and the work I put in to get to this point. There is a vast difference between a Plastic Surgeon and a Cosmetic Surgeon and unfortunately, the majority of patients are unaware of this distinction. The title Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon guarantees the completion of both the training and certifying process required by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. This is important because these two boards govern the ethical standard for which we treat patients, and the societal standards for the practice of Plastic Surgery. 

It is important that when you are deciding on who will operate on you or perform even a minor office procedure that you select the best trained and appropriate professional. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons, www.asps.org, provides a list of Board-certified Plastic Surgeons in your area. 

Other physicians using the term cosmetic surgeons claim to be board-certified however, there is only one recognized Plastic Surgery Board in America. I implore you to never compromise your life for money. Though the self-titled cosmetic surgeon may offer a lower price the adage “you get what you pay for” rings true. 

Do your homework and during your consultation ask your surgeon: “Did you train to be a Plastic Surgery; if not, what did specialty did you do your residency in? Also make sure to ask if they are Board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. 

Connect with a Plastic Surgery Specialist at Providence

For more information about Plastic Surgery or our services, please call (202) 448-4080.

Main hospital Phone: (202) 269 7000

Providence Hospital, 1150 Varnum Street, N.E. Washington, DC 20017 2180