At our practice in Albany, patients come from near and far because our plastic surgeons are qualified, reputable, and board-certified. It’s important to know that the person performing your cosmetic surgery procedure is a bona fide plastic surgeon. You might be shocked to learn that in most states, almost any physician can call themselves a cosmetic surgeon and perform cosmetic surgical procedures in non-accredited surgical facilities.
So how do you protect yourself?
- Make sure the physician is a plastic surgeon, not simply a physician practicing cosmetic surgery.
- Find out what medical schools he or she graduated from. Ask about the surgical residencies and fellowships he or she completed, particularly in plastic surgery.
- Find out what the doctor’s hospital affiliations are. If the doctor is not affiliated with a hospital for surgery, you might want to find a surgeon who is.
- Research whether the surgical center is accredited, for example, by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities.
- Seek a physician who is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, which has rigorous standards.
- Research surgeons on reputable websites such as the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) or the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).
- Consider a group practice of board-certified plastic surgeons that could offer added benefits. The combined experience of the team ensures you are receiving more comprehensive care.