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Dangers of Doctors Who Are Not Board-Certified

When you make a decision to have plastic surgery, it is important that you choose a surgeon who is well qualified and experienced. However, it may be difficult to determine whether a surgeon has the skills and ability to perform your surgery and achieve the best results possible. Therefore, here is some information you should look for when choosing your plastic surgeon:

Board Certified in Plastic Surgery

You may be surprised to learn that any physician is legally able to perform a plastic surgery procedure. However, a doctor board certified in plastic surgery will have the training and experience necessary to perform the safest and most effective procedure. Just because a doctor claims to be board-certified does not mean he or she is board-certified in plastic surgery. Therefore, make sure your surgeon is certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS).  This is the only board certification for plastic surgery recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties.

ASPSMember of the American Society of Plastic Surgery (ASPS®)

It is important that your surgeon is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS®). Choosing a plastic surgeon who is a member of the ASPS ensures your surgeon is highly qualified to perform your surgery. Members of the ASPS® must meet rigorous standards, including completing a minimum of six years of surgical training after medical school with at least three years of training in plastic surgery. Also, ASPS® members are also required to complete continuing medical education every year, including education on patient safety and perform all surgeries in an accredited, state-licensed, or Medicare-certified surgical facility.

Experience Performing the Specific Procedure You Want

Once you know your surgeon is board certified in plastic surgery and a member of the ASPS, it is important to make sure he or she has experience performing the specific plastic surgery procedure you want to undergo. You should also review the surgeon’s before and after photos of patients who have undergone this particular procedure so you can see the results you may be able to expect from your surgeon.

Dr. Mesbahi is ABPS Board Certified in Plastic Surgery, a member of the ASPS, and has years of experience performing many facial, breast, and body plastic surgery procedures. To schedule your private consultation, contact Mesbahi Plastic Surgery by calling (703) 287-8277 or fill out our online contact form. Dr. Mesbahi and his friendly staff look forward to meeting you.