When you’re looking for a doctor in Atlanta for breast enhancement or other cosmetic procedures, we always recommend that you seek out a board-certified plastic surgeon for your safety and protection. But what is board certification, and why is it so important?
Board certification is a voluntary undertaking that exceeds basic licensing requirements. Doctors who qualify for certification must commit to an area of specialization, such as plastic surgery, dermatology or another medical field. They spend years working in hospitals under the guidance of senior physicians – a process known as residency – and they must prove their competency by passing a series of written and oral exams.
Not all certifying agencies are the same. For example, a surgeon who is certified by the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery has not necessarily met the same requirements as a surgeon who is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. That’s why, when choosing a professional to perform your procedure, it’s important to know each board’s certification requirements.
The American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS), which evaluates the training and certification of plastic and reconstructive surgeons, is the only plastic surgery board approved by the American Board of Medical Specialties. ABMS is considered the “gold standard” in physician certification, and the 24 member-boards approved by ABMS enforce rigorous training and educational requirements, including professional peer evaluation and examination.
You can find more information about the boards and their specific requirements online. The boards’ websites are also good resources for helping you locate a qualified plastic surgeon in your area. Don’t take chances; trust your body only to a well-trained, board-certified plastic surgeon.