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Six Essential Topics to Discuss with your Plastic Surgeon!

 

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During your consultation with your plastic surgeon, it is important to make sure these questions are answered, so you can make an informed decision on whether this surgeon is for you.

 

1.     What is your board certification – and what professional societies are you a member of?

 

2.    Is the facility where I would have my procedure accredited?  By which organization? 

 

3.  Which hospitals do you have staff privileges for the procedure you will perform on me? 

 

4.     What procedures do you recommend to help me best achieve my goals?  What exactly 

     can I expect during the procedure and in my recovery?

 

 

5.     Are there alternatives to the procedures you recommend, and what are all the trade 

     offs?

 

 

6.     What is your recent experience in performing the procedure you are recommending for

     me?  May I see recent before-and-after photographs of your patients’ results.

 

Printable consult questions

 

 

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All physicians need to complete 4 years of undergraduate college with the emphasis on science.  They then go on to complete 4 years of Medical School, in which they choose a specialty to complete their residency in, which might be an additional 2 – 6 Years of training.

To become certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS), a physician must complete a specialized residency (either in surgery, otolaryngology or orthopedics).  After completion of medical school, the physician must pass a rigorous set of oral and written examinations. 

In the United States, qualified plastic surgeons apply for membership in the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).  Those qualified members that meet certain continuing education requirements and have experience with cosmetic procedures, then apply for membership with the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS)

In Canada, plastic surgeons are certified by The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons.

 

 

 

 

Board Certified in Plastic Surgery means that a surgeon has been awarded Board Certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.  To find out more about what board certification in plastic surgery means, please go to the link below.

What board certified in plastic surgery means

 

 

 

 

Qualified Plastic Surgeons are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery or the Royal College of Physicians, Surgeons of Canada, and Surgeons of Australia and that they hold membership in at least one of these key medical societies:

 

 

The American Board of Plastic Surgery - ABPS   The American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS)

                       www.abplsurg.org - 215.587.9322

 

 

 

 

 

 

The American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery - ASAPS   The American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS)

                          www.surgery.org - 888.ASAPS11

 

 

 

 

 

 

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons - ASPS  The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)

                                        www.plasticsurgery.org - 888.4PLASTIC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons  The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons

                                                                   of Canada

                                                                   www.rcpsc.medical.org -  800.668.3740

 

 

 

 

 

Canadian Society of Plastic Surgery - CSPS   Canadian Society of Plastic Surgery (CSPS)

                                 www.plasticsurgery.ca  514.843.5415

 

 

 

 

 

Canadian Society for Aesthetic Cosmetic Plastic Surgery -  CSAPS  Canadian Society for Aesthetic (Cosmetic) Plastic Surgery (CSAPS) 

                                     www.csaps.ca  -  905.831.7750

 

 

 

 

 

 

The International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery - ISAPS  The International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS) 

                                  www.isaps.org 603.643.2325

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Australia - Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of  Surgeons  Australia - Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of  Surgeons

                            It is important to make sure your Plastic Surgeon is a Fellow of

                            The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. 

                            The RACS College of Surgeons’ Gardens

                                   Spring Street – Melbourne, VIC 3000 Australia

                                   www.surgeons.org

                            Phone: +61 (0)3 9249 1200
                                   Fax: +61 (0)3 9249 1219

                                   Email: college.sec@surgeons.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons  Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons

                                              The ASPS requires that you be a FRACS to be a

                                     member of the ASPS.

                                              www.plasticsurgery.org.au

 





 

 

 

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