Every year, more and more plastic surgeons become available to patients around the world. Some are high quality while others are nothing more than alley hacks with a scalpel. It can be hard to distinguish the good surgeons from the bad ones, especially if you don’t have any medical knowledge yourself. The internet and social media have made it easier than ever to set yourself u
p as a qualified doctor when you’re anything but. One key quality to look for when you’re browsing for plastic surgeons is board certification.
What is Board Certification?
When a plastic surgeon graduates from medical school, they are not automatically qualified to practice in the United States. They have to sit for board examinations, which are a series of tests given by other qualified plastic surgeons. These tests are rigorous and take place over a period of time, evaluating everything that a doctor needs to know to be a plastic surgeon. If a doctor passes their board examinations, they are considered a qualified surgeon and have been deemed such by their peers.
Why is Board Certification Important?
Board certification can’t be granted to just anyone. It can only be given to a doctor who has passed their board exams at a level that is considered acceptable by other qualified plastic surgeons. That means only people who know about plastic surgery are the ones granting the certification, not some random group of people who know nothing about the field. Potential plastic surgeons are being assessed by other top plastic surgeons.
Think of it like this – if you went to college and were going to be learning somethingcomplicated like quantum mechanics from a professor, wouldn’t you want that professor to be knowledgeable and well-established in the quantum mechanics field? Why would you want to learn about an unknown and complex field from someone who doesn’t know what they’re talking about? Board certification works the same way; it makes sure that only qualified doctors are allowed to practice plastic surgery on others. Getting surgery from a doctor who isn’t qualified is extremely dangerous and could have seriously adverse health effects or result in a completely botched surgery.
How Do I Find a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon?
There are a few ways you can verify that a plastic surgeon is board certified. Most plastic surgeons who are board certified advertise that on their websites or at least list it under their qualifications. To see if a surgeon is board certified, visit the American Board of Medical Specialties at abms.org. The American Board of Medical Specialties is comprised of 24 medical specialty member boards, including the American Board of Plastic Surgery.
Another way to find a qualified plastic surgeon is to check out the best , which include plasticsurgery.org, which is run by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. They have a search forum right there on their website that lets you look up member plastic surgeons in your area, in the country, or around the world. This is an excellent tool that you can trust to help you find a qualified doctor to perform your surgery. You can also find qualified plastic surgeons on websites like RealSelf.com, which only promote the best cosmetic surgeons and allow patients to give reviews, provide feedback, and ask questions to real surgeons.
Dr. Andres Bustillo, MD, FACS
Dr. Andres Bustillo is board certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon, making him one of the few specialists in South Florida. He completed a five-year residency in Otolaryngology at the University of Miami – Jackson Memorial Hospital, one of the nation’s top Head and Neck Surgery residency programs. Afterwards, he completed an advanced facial plastic and reconstructive surgery at the New York University-Weill Cornell Medical College Fellowship Program — one of the most sought out fellowship programs in the world. His priority is always the health and safety of his patients, and he works closely with them to give them the best possible, natural-looking results.
To learn more about Dr. Bustillo or to schedule an initial patient consultation at his office in Coral Gables, Florida, call (305) 663-3380 or send him an email with your information through the Contact page here on his website.