TRUE Criteria

What does it mean to be a TRUE Cosmetic Plastic Surgeon?  TRUE Plastic Surgeons are the only doctors fully trained in Plastic Surgery which encompasses both Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery.  Therefore, every TRUE Plastic Surgeon is trained to be a “cosmetic surgeon.”  On the other hand, not every “cosmetic surgeon” is a TRUE Cosmetic Plastic Surgeon.

For the best results with Cosmetic Plastic Surgery make sure your doctor is a TRUE Cosmetic Plastic Surgeon who meets the following T.R.U.E. Criteria:

Training in an accredited Plastic Surgery program: TRUE Plastic surgeons have completed a real Plastic Surgery residency program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).  Plastic Surgery Residency is the only program that trains a plastic surgeon in both Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery of the entire body.  This involves at least 2 years devoted strictly to Plastic Surgery after already completing a minimum of 3 years of prior surgical training.  No other training program, residency, or mini course can compare to a TRUE Plastic Surgeon’s core residency training in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery.  Ask your potential doctor if they were trained in a real Plastic Surgery residency program.

Real Board Certification in Plastic Surgery by the American Board of Plastic Surgery: TRUE Plastic Surgeons are certified or eligible to be certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.  The American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) is the ONLY board certification that matters to designate a TRUE Cosmetic Plastic Surgeon.  The ABPS is the ONE and ONLY board recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties to certify a Plastic Surgeon who is fully trained in Plastic Surgery (Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery) of the entire body.  Find out if your potential doctor is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery at www.ABPlSurg.org

Unrestricted Hospital Admitting and Operating Room Privileges in Plastic Surgery: Only TRUE Plastic Surgeons are given admitting and operating room privileges for the specialty of Plastic Surgery at area hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers.  Hospitals and ASC’s have very strict credentialing criteria and only allow fully trained, TRUE Plastic Surgeons to perform specialty-specific plastic surgery procedures in their facilities.  If your potential doctor only performs procedures in his or her office, there may be a good reason.  Ask your potential doctor if they have admitting and operating room privileges in Plastic Surgery at a local hospital.

Expertise in both Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery of the entire body: TRUE Plastic Surgeons have devoted their entire careers to perfecting the art and science of Plastic Surgery which encompasses both Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery of the entire body.  This is evidenced by membership in the American Society of Plastic Surgeons which upholds the highest standards of the field.  TRUE Plastic Surgeons are just that.  They are NOT doctors who have been trained in some other field of medicine and then decide to dabble in cosmetic plastic surgery as a side business or “med-spa”.   Ask your potential doctor if Plastic Surgery is their primary specialty.  Find out if your potential doctor is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons at www.plasticsurgery.org.

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