With websites like Groupon and Amazon Local providing daily deals on things like facials and fillers, it can be easy to add something to your cart without actually knowing anything about the surgeon. When it comes to things like facials and fillers, you might not think that having a board certified surgeon perform your procedure is very important. Read on to learn more about the importance of using a board certified surgeon.
What Does Board Certification Really Mean?
In the United States, doctors and surgeons have to meet many requirements in order to legally practice. However, they don’t have to be board certified. Board certification is an additional voluntary step that doctors and surgeons take and usually requires both a written and oral examination. In order to become certified, you must have completed and passed four years of medical school and undergone the minimum amount of residency hours required by your specialty. Among testing, board certification also requires surgeons and doctors to meet a certain code of ethics— which is something that goes a really long way.
They Know the Ins and Outs
When it comes to something like fillers, you might think that anybody and their mom could inject some Restylane into your face. However, by being certified and proving that they know the exact anatomy of the face, a board certified surgeon will be able to ensure that you get the best results possible. Additionally, board certified surgeons are typically more aware of what is going on in their field in regards to medical research and data. For instance, if there is research that says a certain type of filler can cause inflammation in people on specific medications, they surgeon will be aware of this and make sure none of their patients are on that type of medication.
Just the way you wouldn’t trust your housekeeper to clean your teeth for you, you wouldn’t trust just anybody to give you surgery— that’s why it’s important to ensure that you are using a board certified surgeon.
To schedule an appointment with a board certified surgeon you can trust, contact our office today!
Knowing Your Surgeon Before You Go Under The Knife
Choosing a plastic surgeon is an important decision, and one that should be heavily researched. The American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) has set regulations and standards for surgeons preforming cosmetic surgery. When you choose a surgeon who is certified by the ABPS you can be confident that he or she meets nationally recognized standards for education, experience, knowledge and skill – ensuring that they will provide you with the highest quality of care. Board Certification goes beyond basic medical licensure. The ABPS is the only Board approved by the American Board of Medical Specialities – the main regulating body.
Today, many plastic surgeons operate in ambulatory surgical facilities that are not owned or governed by the rules of a major hospital. Always ask your surgeon if he/she can perform the procedure that you are seeking in a hospital environment. If your doctor gives you a vague answer or says no, they are not credentialed for that procedure in a hospital, and in all liklihood have not completed a residency in Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery.
Importance Of Board Certification For Cosmetic Surgeons
Many New York State physicians are currently practicing cosmetic surgery, including dermatologists, gynecologist, internists and dentists. However, when selecting a plastic surgeon for yourself or a family member you should always ask if they are Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and if not – Stay away!
Dr. Elliot Duboys is an ABPS Board Certified Plastic Surgeon and a leader in the cosmetic surgery. He has been providing advanced procedures to patients all over the Long Island, Nassau County and Suffolk County, NY areas for over 30 years.
How Do I Know If My Surgeon Is Board Certified?
As mentioned, by no means should you ever consider cosmetic surgery with someone who is not certified by the ABPS. In order to make sure that you are in the right hands, the ABPS has made it easy to check on your doctor’s records. To do so, simply visit their site and type in the information for your surgeon to recall their records.
Questions? Give Us A Call Today
At Associated Plastic Surgeons we understand that choosing a surgeon is a difficult decision to make. We want to help put your nerves at rest, and guide your through your decision process. If you would like to set up a consultation to meet with Dr. Duboys please contact us at our Huntington, NY office at 631-423-1000.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is a candidate for a Tummy Tuck?
The ideal candidate is an individual who is at their “realistic weight.” While not necessarily “ideal” weight, the perfect candidate has tried, through exercise and diet, to achieve a weight that they can “live with”. Abdominoplasty surgery is not a substitute for weight loss, and, as a matter of fact, the typical Abdominoplasty patient will not lose a significant amount of weight following the surgery.
It’s also important that Tummy Tuck candidates be in good physical health and have realistic expectations. Tummy Tuck is most effective on individuals who, though in relatively good health, are bothered by abdominal contour deformities or loose abdominal skin that remains unaffected by diet and exercise. Women who have undergone multiple pregnancies often find the procedure particularly beneficial.
What occurs during a consultation for a Tummy Tuck?
During the consultation you will meet with Elliot B. Duboys, MD who, after carefully examining your abdomen, will discuss your expectations and the possibilities available. All details of the procedure will be explained and any questions that you have answered.
When can I exercise?
You may return to your regimen of exercise 6 weeks following your surgery. Frequently, you may resume a limited exercise program 3-4 weeks following your surgery. Please be sure to ask Elliot B. Duboys, MD for additional details.