Could You Tell Me if a Doctor Who is a Board Certified Surgeon the Same Thing As Being Board Certified in Plastic Surgery?

I found a Dr who I like, but when I look him up he is not certified in Plastic Surgery only surgery. Is that the same thing?

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What is the American Board of Plastic Surgery?

The American Board of Plastic Surgery is the only sub-specialties board for cosmetic plastic surgery recongnized by the American Medical Association. Since its recongnition in 1941, this organization has regulated and certified surgeons for plastic and reconstructive surgery. Many physicians practicing plastic surgery are qualified and skilled surgeons; however, selecting a doctor who has been certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery ensures that your surgeon has undergone extensive specialezed training and successfully passed rigorous examinations.

It is required that every surgeon complete a minimum of six years of general surgery training and at least three years of specialized training in cosmetic plastic & reconstructive surgery. Once a surgeon has completed their training, he or she is then able to take a written exam followed by an intense analysis of his or her work administered by the member of the board. Analysis includes skill level, talen and ethics. Only after a doctor has been approved by the board can a surgeon call him or herself a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon.

What this means for the patient is by selecting a surgeon who is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, you know that you are in the hands of a surgeon who has completed extensive specialized training and has been approved by the top doctors in the country for his or her perfomance and ethics.

Portland Plastic Surgeon
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Board Certified Surgeon is not a Plastic Surgeon

Many of us are double Board Certified in Surgery and in Plastic Surgery.  But being certified in Surgery is NOT being a plastic surgeon.  This could be a younger doctor who has not yet passed his/her plastic surgery exams but is already a BC Surgeon.  Or it could be just a regular general surgeon (those who take out your appendix) who has decided to market themselves as a plastic surgeon for increased income hoping you won't notice the difference.  There are many out there doing that and it is a buyer beware market!!!

Board Certification in what?

No it is not the same thing. If you want a surgeon with the most experince in Plastic Surgery you have to choose a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon.

Dr Foster

Lawrence Foster, MD (retired)
Sacramento Plastic Surgeon
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Board certification

Board certification in surgery is not the same as board certification in plastic surgery.  If he is not listed as such than he is not board certified in plastic surgery.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Board certified surgeon vs. Board certified plastic surgeon

A board certified surgeon does not mean that the doctor is board certified plastic surgeon. Their is a specialty certification in plastic surgery by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. It should state Board certified in plastic surgery.

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