What Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Means
Serving Dothan, Alabama and Panama City, Florida areas
Selecting your plastic surgeon is the most important decision you will make about your plastic surgery. But with the number of doctors describing themselves as "cosmetic surgeons" and touting themselves as "board certified," how do you tell the truly qualified from the rest? The simple answer is: just ask. If the answer is that they are board certified “cosmetic” surgeons, “facial” plastic surgeon or “oculoplastic” surgeons, then you can be sure that they are not Board Certified in “Plastic Surgery”. And if you don't like the answer, check your facts.
This page gives you the information you need to evaluate the qualifications of all the surgeons you are considering for your plastic surgery. Dr. Charles Feagin and Dr. William Owen are proud to be board certified plastic surgeons and will freely discuss their qualifications with you in detail. To talk to them about their qualifications, please schedule a consultation at the Feagin & Owen Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Center today.
Understanding Board Certification
The law states that to practice medicine in Alabama, a doctor must be board certified in medicine. This means that every doctor is board certified to some degree. In addition, there are almost 150 medical specialties recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). In order to be certified in each of these specialties, doctors must take additional training, which includes additional hands-on practice in the discipline, in order to be certified in their particular specialty. The exact amount of additional training is governed by 24 different ABMS member boards.
The ABMS member board that oversees plastic surgery is the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). In order to become board-certified in plastic surgery, a surgeon must have at least 6 years of formal surgery residency training, 3 of which must be in plastic surgery. During each year, at least 48 weeks must be in a full time approved residency program. It must include training in the full spectrum of plastic surgery, including face, breast, and body surgery, both cosmetic and reconstructive.
"Cosmetic Surgeon" vs. "Plastic Surgeon"
"Cosmetic surgery" is not a recognized medical specialty. A plastic surgeon is expected to be able to handle all different types of plastic surgery, including both cosmetic and reconstructive. This means, unfortunately, that any doctor can advertise himself as a "cosmetic surgeon," regardless of specialty. Because the doctor is board certified in something, he will often put "board certified," in their advertisements, but without naming the specialty. A surgeon who advertises that he is a "cosmetic surgeon," may be board-certified in ophthalmology, gynecology, dermatology, allergy and immunology, or another potentially unrelated specialty.
A plastic surgeon, on the other hand, is board certified by the ABPS as having training and experience in plastic surgery procedures. This means that he has been certified as having expertise in all the areas of plastic surgery and knows how to perform your plastic surgery procedure safely and effectively. Any doctor that is board certified in “Plastic Surgery” will be proud to advertise as a “Board Certified Plastic Surgeon”, not just simple as Board Certified.
How to Tell If Your Surgeon Is a Plastic Surgeon
The best way to tell if your surgeon is a board certified plastic surgeon is to ask if he is board certified in Plastic Surgery. If the answer is anything but “I am Board Certified in Plastic Surgery” then you can bet that he is not a “Board Certified Plastic Surgeon.” Ask your surgeon what board certification he holds. If you do not have full confidence in the answer and want to check, you can check whether the surgeon is board-certified in plastic surgery with the ABPS by clicking here. Of all the different Board Certification, the most coveted one is “Board Certified Plastic Surgery.” Also it requires the most formal training to obtain. No wonder there are so many imposters.
Dr. Charles Feagin and Dr. William Owen are both board-certified plastic surgeons. They are happy to talk to you about their qualifications and experience. To learn more, please contact the Feagin & Owen Cosmetic Plastic Surgery center today.