Dr. Jazayeri answers this question by saying that, while plastic surgeons should be board certified, it’s important to know what specific field the surgeon has received their board-certification in. To be specific, prospective patients looking for qualified plastic surgeons should ensure that they are board certified in plastic surgery and not some other discipline. Only that will prove that they have the necessary knowledge and experience to perform operations safely and successfully.
Should a Plastic Surgeon be Board Certified?
There are many organizations and medical fields that offer board certifications. A doctor can advertise that they are board certified, yet their certification is for a different field. One common approach is to advertise a board certification, such as one for internal medicine, that was received before taking classes and gaining experience on a plastic surgery like liposuction. The surgeon is technically board certified, but not for the field the patient is interested in.
What Does it Take to Become a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon?
Going through the board certification process for plastic surgeons takes a long time. It took Dr. Jazayeri eight years to get his final qualifications.
To begin the plastic surgery certification program, individuals must already be surgeons in some capacity. From there, they need to be trained at a program recognized by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). After completing the residency, candidates take a written exam, and if they pass, then move on to the final oral exam where they are quizzed and interviewed by top plastic surgeons.
The Bottom Line
Dr. Jazayeri notes that the certification process is neither simple nor quick, and only the most qualified candidates can earn their board certification. Consequently, if a doctor who has been practicing for some time is not board certified, it raises questions as to their level of safety, transparency, and the quality of their services.
In the end, if you want a plastic surgeon you can trust and can be sure is qualified to perform your procedure, a board certified plastic surgeon is the best choice for both your results and your wellbeing.
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