We talk a lot about the importance of working with a board-certified plastic surgeon. But what does that really mean? In this article, we’ll take a detailed look at what it means to be board certified and why you should also look at professional memberships when choosing a plastic surgeon.
American Board of Plastic Surgery Certification
The American Board of Plastic Surgery Certification was founded in 1937. It is a nonprofit organization dedicated to maintaining safe, ethical, and highly effective plastic surgery standards. In 1995, standards were changed to require retesting to maintain certification rather than lifetime certification.
This certification is only available to surgeons who have completed a rigorous course of training beyond what is required to receive their medical license. Certification also requires surgeons to pass a specific set of exams that tests expertise in their speciality.
Surgeons who take the time to receive American Board of Plastic Surgery Certification demonstrate their commitment to maintaining their skills and continuing their education. These surgeons are at the top of their field.
American Board of General Surgery Certification
As with American Board of Plastic Surgery Certification, this certification requires retesting every 10 years, and requires the completion of coursework and exams beyond what is required for licensure.
To qualify to take the certification exam, a surgeon must first complete residency training, apply for certification, and be approved by the Board. Testing includes a written test and the oral Certifying Examination. Surgeons who receive this certification have demonstrated both surgical knowledge as well as excellent judgment and decision making.
Professional Memberships and Recognition
American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS)
Recognized as a leading professional organization, an ASAPS membership is only available to board-certified plastic surgeons. Currently, only about 25 percent of board certified plastic surgeons have been accepted for membership.
The organization was founded in 1967 and currently has more than 2,600 members. It serves as a public information source and consumer advocate. Additionally, it facilitates research and supports clinical studies in the field of aesthetic plastic surgery.
Accredited Surgical Facilities
Established in 1880, The American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities is committed to ensuring patient safety. They are one of the largest organizations of their kind in the world.
It is important to have any plastic surgery done in an accredited facility to make sure your surgical setting is fully equipped to handle your procedure and any possible complications.
In order to be accredited, outpatient and office-based facilities must meet hospital-level standards. Surgeons at these facilities must have hospital privileges and be board certified.
Always look for these certifications and associations in any surgical environment. Dr. Schutte and Front Range Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery are fully certified and accredited. Our number one commitment is to the health and well-being of our clients. If you are considering plastic surgery or an invasive cosmetic procedure, give us a call. We’ll work with you to determine what the best course of treatment is for you.