The single most essential part of the credentials of a plastic surgeon is the status of their board certification. Unfortunately, this can be confusing and occasionally misleading. The aesthetic part of plastic surgery is one of the few remaining parts of medicine that is still fee for service.
Board-certified plastic surgeons also have the opportunity and distinction of being members of The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). These main governing bodies not only provide plastic surgeons with continued medical education using a variety of approaches, but also educate the public in all aspects of plastic and reconstructive surgery. The members proudly designate and embellish themselves with these symbols of excellence.
Another important aspect that a prospective patient should determine is the surgeon’s appropriate active privileges at major medical centers of the region in which he or she practices. This indicates that they have passed the usual rigorous credentialing requirements that are an essential part of seeking appointments to these institutions.
Board certification is essential and requires Maintenance of Certification. All respective boards have essential requirements for continual medical education, yearly reporting, and a re-certification process which usually occurs yearly. This assures that the skills of your plastic surgeon are fully up to date and that he or she has maintained the level of excellence that went along with the original certification. The pursuit of knowledge is a lifelong venture, and it is taken very seriously by all who chose to be part of accredited boards. Surgeons who are certified and maintain the certification of their American Board of Plastic Surgery Boards can proudly display this symbol of excellence.