If you are considering a face lift, make sure you know whether your Toronto facial plastic surgeon has the qualifications to perform your procedure safely.
Governments and medical societies in both Canada and the United States are developing more advanced guidelines about who can perform cosmetic enhancement procedures like face lifts, but the unfortunate reality is that many doctors performing cosmetic surgery in the Toronto area do not have the specialized surgical training to create the highest level of safety and surgical results.
Legislation recently introduced in the Ontario legislature to tighten oversight of surgery clinics and restrict who can and cannot describe themselves as “surgeons” may help increase levels of patient safety, but lawmakers have a lot of catching up to do, and patients still need to take appropriate steps to protect themselves. A few starting points:
- Verify your doctor”s credentials. Visit the websites of The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) or, in the US, the The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) to make sure your doctor is certified in a specialty such as Otolaryngology, which requires training in facial surgery, specifically.
- Don”t be afraid to double-check. Any doctor offering cosmetic surgery in Toronto can claim to have received quality training, but the best surgeons generally trained at schools with a reputation for their plastic surgery programs. Find out whether the surgeon also has performed relevant research in areas such as craniofacial surgery.
- Don”t fall into the board-certification “gray area.” In both Canada and the US, board certification is an important indicator of a surgeon”s skill and experience, but not all boards have the same high standards. Boards like the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery will require a doctor to complete advanced training and undergo extensive examinations.