Is It Safe to Have a Mini Facelift and Upper Eyes from a DO Not an MD?

He specializes in plastic surgery and reconstructive surgery.

Doctor Answers 7

MD's and DO's are equivalent in most cases.

You shouldn't worry whether your doc is an MD or DO since both are adequately trained in medicine and should be just fine as your doc.  Sincerely,

David Hansen,MD

Beverly Hills Dermatologic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 43 reviews

Qualifications an Mini Face Lift.

It's best to get the most experienced plastic and cosmetic surgeon, that you can afford, for your Face Lift or Minimum incision Face Lift.  Go for someone with lots of experience and a good reputation.  Do not use a lower price as a deciding factor.

Francis R. Palmer, III, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 25 reviews

Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

The most important question to ask is whether your doctor is Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery or not. Either MDs or DOs can undergo the strict and rigorous training necessary to be certified by the board. You can always check if your surgeon is board certified at the American Board of Plastic Surgery website. From El Paso.

Frank Agullo, MD
El Paso Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 141 reviews

DO's can provide equivalent surgical expertise as compared to MD's

Hello, DO's (doctors of osteopathic medicine) and MD's (doctors of allopathic medicine) have comparable medical training.  Osteopathic physicians do not learn "different medicine" as compared to allopathic physicians.  Many osteopathic students are taught by allopathic physicians in medical school, and go on to residency and fellowship training in allopathic programs.  For historical purposes, Ronald Blanck, DO served as Surgeon General of the US Army in 1996.  In summary, it is not a matter of the medical degree but a matter of the physician's surgical expertise and training.  Pick a surgeon who is board certified, has excellent training in his field, and has vast experience in performing the surgery you are desiring to have...Good Luck...Dr. Corrado

Anthony Corrado, DO
Philadelphia Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 35 reviews

DO or MD

A doctor of osteopathic medicine goes through a different philosphy of education when they do their doctorate schooling. However, if they go through a plastic surgery training program they have the same skill set as an MD doing the same training  Then at this point like with any plastic surgeon, if they get good results and treat their patients well you should be fine.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.1 out of 5 stars 29 reviews

Check board certification for MD and DO.

MDs and DOs have comparable medical training, and both MDs and DOs (Doctors of Osteopathy) undergo residency training and may complete subspecialty training in any medical specialty. The key is to check the doctor's training, experience, and most importantly, BOARD CERTIFICATION.

If your doctor is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS), regardless if he or she is an MD or DO, basic plastic surgery standards and guidelines (quite stringent ones, I might add) have been met. You should be aware that there are MDs and DOs with training that does not qualify them to be Board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, yet who still call themselves "cosmetic surgeons" or even "plastic surgeons." These doctors are allowed by law to practice "medicine and surgery" (which is what all doctors' state licenses state) even though they may have not completed the proper requirements or training to even take the plastic surgery (ABPS) examinations.

There are also "Boards" that are not part of the ABMS (American Board of Medical Specialties) that provide "certification" in "Cosmetic Surgery," so be careful to check which board your doctor claims certification in.

Richard H. Tholen, MD, FACS
Minneapolis Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 255 reviews

Cosmetic surgeon

The question is

Does he have full training in PLASTIC SURGERY?


Experience ?

Samir Shureih, MD
Baltimore Plastic Surgeon
4.2 out of 5 stars 7 reviews

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