Do you feel it's necessary for a surgeon that's preforming a Brazilian Butt Lift to be certified in plastic surgery?

My question is simple. Why are surgeons that are certified in plastic surgery supporting other surgeons that aren't certified to do the job? Help our community to be more Educated in why there is a blurred line on this topic.

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Do you feel it's necessary for a surgeon that's preforming a Brazilian Butt Lift to be certified in plastic surgery?

Hello dear, thanks for your question and provided information as well... If you consult with a board certified plastic surgeon, you will have the security that it will be a surgeon who knows and practice all the cosmetic surgeries with the knowledge and career necessary to do a very good job on a patient.

Dominican Republic Plastic Surgeon
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Board certified plastic surgeon

Thank you for your question.

I would only recommend having a board certified plastic surgeon perform your cosmetic surgeries. If they are board certified then they have undergone extensive training and executed the knowledge and skills necessary to pass the written and oral exams. These are plastic surgeons who have been recognized by ASPS as competent, knowledgeable and skilled surgeons in the area of cosmetic surgery with 6 or more years of surgical training/experience and at least 3 years SPECIFICALLY in plastic surgery. I hope this helps.

James Fernau, MD, FACS
Board Certified ENT
Board Certified Plastic Surgery
Member of ASPS, ASAPS, ISAPS, The Rhinoplasty Society, AAFPRS, OTO/HNS, ASLMS, International Federation for Adipose Therapeutics & Science

James Fernau, MD, FACS
Pittsburgh Plastic Surgeon
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Do you feel it's necessary for a surgeon that's performing a Brazilian Butt Lift to be certified in plastic surgery? - YES!!!

Hello Heidiflava - Thanks for your question. The simple answer is YES. Surgeons certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery have completed the most rigorous training and certification process in plastic surgery. There are plenty of surgeons offering BBL surgery who are certified by other boards, but these boards are sometimes not recognized by the ABMS (the standard in board certification). While the vast majority of theses BBL procedures go well, it is when there are complications that you want the best trained surgeon in your corner. Let's say a liposuction cannula were to perforate your abdominal wall and injure your small intestine, do you think a Dermatologist, ENT surgeon, Oral Maxillofacial Surgeon, Family Practice doctor, etc would know that to do to save your life? No they would not! As a board-certified plastic surgeon with a full 5 year residency in general surgery and trauma surgery, I would know what to do to save your life. It's simple. Avoid the hype of advertising, do your homework, and pick the best surgeon based on training, skill-set, and results. Leave price as the last thing you think about in your choice of surgeon. 

Good luck, 

Dr. Shah 

Manish H. Shah, MD, FACS
Denver Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 55 reviews

BBL and surgeon

Yes, I think it is important to have a board certified plastic surgeon perform a BBL.  Best of luck with your decision to move forward.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.1 out of 5 stars 28 reviews

Brazilian Butt Lift - Does Board Certification Matter?

This is an excellent question! You are making a substantial financial and time investment in to your body and you want to make sure that you chose a surgeon that can deliver the results that you want. Board certified plastic surgeons go through a rigorous training and board certification process to ensure that they are not only technically skilled to perform the procedures but that they understand the complex anatomy and potential complications of each procedure. This is so important! Do your research before choosing your surgeon. 

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Sejal M. Patel, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 43 reviews

Board certification

Hello and thank you for the question. the short answer is yes. You always want a board certified plastic surgeon. You would want a board certified neurosurgeon to do your brain surgery or a board certified cardiac surgeon doing your open heart surgery. This is no different. 

Beware of doctors advertising themselves as "board certified cosmetic surgeons" there is NO such recognized board. The american board of medical specialties oversees the governing boards of the different subspecialties. Board certification requires a long and thorough training process where the doctors are trained and observed first hand how they perform and treat patients. Following this, there are extensive testing requirements. It is something that all board certified doctors take seriously, because we know how much training, effort, time, and hard work went into achieving this. 

Such fake boards, like the "board of cosmetic surgery" only serve to undermine the integrity of the term board certification and only confuse and mislead patients down the wrong path. 

The easiest way to tell the difference is to check if the local hospital allows a "cosmetic surgeon" to work there. Hospitals ONLY allow true board certified doctors to have privileges at the hospital. If the doctor doesn't have any hospital privileges for cosmetic type procedures, chances are he / she is not a real plastic surgeon. Beware! 

Best to you. 

Bennett Yang, MD
Rockville Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 21 reviews

Do you feel it's necessary for a surgeon that's preforming a Brazilian Butt Lift to be certified in plastic surgery?

You absolutely want your surgeon to be a board certified plastic surgeon. The education that we get in our 4 years of medical school is very similar. After that we go on to do a residency in a specialty. This is where you learn how to do surgery and how to do specific procedures. Some residencies are 3 years long (emergency medicine, family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics) others are 5 years long (general surgery, orthopedic surgery, OB-GYN, etc.). Plastic surgery is either 6 years or 8 years depending on which path you take. A lot of doctors will do a residency in another specialty ie. OB-GYN, dermatology, general surgery etc and then decide when they are finished that they want to do elective cosmetic plastic surgery  in practice. They then take a weekend course or something equivalent and start doing these surgeries out of an operating room in their office. This means they had no real credentialed training. When you find a plastic surgeon that is board certified in plastic surgery, you know that they did the full 6-8 year residency and also passed both the written and oral test of their competency to practice plastic surgery correctly and safely. You want to make sure that you look up or ask your surgeon is they are actually a plastic surgeon - did a plastic surgery resident and if they passed the board exam. 

Erika Sato, MD, FACS
Houston Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 89 reviews

BBL and Board Certification

There are 3 reasons that someone seeking out a surgeon for any plastic surgery procedure, and specifically a fat transfer for BBL.  First, the aesthetic component of the end result is best developed by a surgeon with proper training in shape and contour, and the Board Certified Plastic Surgeon would be best.  Second, the techniques for harvesting and transfering the fat in the proper proportions and into the proper tissues is crirtical for the survival of the fat AND the safety of the individual.  There are numerous videos online that may show the procedure, but the Board Certified Plastic Surgeon specifically knows the anatomy below the surface.  All Board Certified Plastic Surgeons have been trained in reconstructive procedures for that area which helps to develop a thorough 3 dimensional understanding of the structures and anatomy.  Without this knowledge, risks of injury to deeper tissues may develop with potential serious complications.  Third, if some complication should arise, a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon is capable of identifying the problem and helping to remedy the situation.  Be sure to look for a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon that has training and experience in the procedures you are considering.  

Samuel Shatkin, Jr., MD
Buffalo Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 23 reviews

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