Tracy, I am sorry your surgical experience was a bad one. I'm not going to say "plastic surgical experience" since it's not at all certain you had a REAL plastic surgeon operate on you! Please review what you mean by "board-certified." By WHAT board? Is your surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery? (This is the ONLY American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) board that certifies plastic surgeons.) There is no "American Board of Cosmetic Surgery" in the ABMS; this is a self-designated "board" that certifies doctors of various ABMS specialties that wish to perform cosmetic surgery but do not have the complete training and credentials of American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS)-certified plastic surgeons.
This doesn't necessarily mean these doctors are "BAD," but it DOES mean that they have not met the minimum training and testing requirements for ABPS certification, and therefore seek "certification" by this non-ABMS member "board." Confusing and misleading, isn't it?
And if they're unethical in their credentialing (implying they are "real" plastic surgeons when in fact they are dermatologists, family practitioners, or ENT doctors), then perhaps what he said he did for you in the operating room is questionable also. Ask for a copy of your operative report. If something sounds as if what was dictated is different from what you received, you can complain to your state's medical board and an investigation will be opened. Spurious accusations are NOT taken kindly, so don't make this claim or accusation unless you have something other than your "impressions" to back it up! Poor post-op results are not the same as malpractice or negligence! Lying about your credentials is another matter altogether.
Proper certification doesn't "guarantee" happy patients or best results every time, but lack of American Board of Plastic Surgery certification certainly means that a surgeon has NOT completed and met certain standards of training, knowledge, testing, and experience that ABPS-certified plastic surgeons have. Good surgeons can have poor results, bad surgeons or inadequately-trained, "bogus-boarded" surgeons can obtain good results, but if you had to take bets on the likelihood of successful outcome with a specific patient, who would YOU bet on?
Regardless of certification, your surgeon should have also discussed with you a re-do or revisional surgery policy: who is responsible for what, who pays, and how much is charged.
Your surgeon should also have a verified weight and fat analysis in your chart from the time of surgery. You should be able to stand on the same fat analysis scale and verify that you have not gained weight or fat percentage, as this is unfortunately one common way for patients to NOT see results, even after a good operation. If your weight is "slightly" down, and it is now 5 months since surgery (another question by you gives this information), you should have lost most of the "swelling" weight by now. 3800cc is over 8 pounds of fat aspirate, but some of this is fluid mixed with the fat. Still, you should be down 5-6 lbs. from your pre-op weight.
Finally, if your weight is indeed less, and if your post-operative photos show no improvement over your pre-operative photos, then you have every reason to expect some sort of consideration from your surgeon. Discuss this with him. At 5 months post-op there is likely to be little additional improvement in your surgical result, so waiting longer is not an appropriate request.
If you need to, see one or two ABPS-certified plastic surgeons for additional opinions; bring a copy of your pre-op photo if possible. Good luck and best wishes!