QUESTION*      Is YOUR plastic surgeon BOARD CERTIFIED? Better know the answer to what BOARD CERTIFICATION means.

*For the answer to this question about board certification, see below at the end of the article.

WE hear a lot about “board certification” in advertising, articles and reality shows. What is board certification actually? In this blog, I’d like to help you learn more about the board certification process and what it means to you. Physicians attend medical school and receive a MD degree. Once a doctor finishes school, the REAL education process begins.  The training years known as internship (first year) and residency (subsequent years) are performed at teaching hospitals. General practice requires about three years of medical training; general surgery about 5-6 years. Plastic surgery training starts after completion of the prerequisite study of general surgery. It may last from at least three to as many as 5-6 years. Most plastic surgery residency programs last 2-5 to 3 years, concentrating study on plastic, cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. Board certification requires yet more still.


THEN there is practice. A plastic surgeon cannot achieve Certification until he or she has passed a rigorous testing in both written and oral examination formats. Think: being grilled in front of senior, seasoned surgeons who are determined to make certain that the candidate for Board Certification is worthy of the title. Certification reflects a commitment on the part of the plastic surgeon to maintain a high standard of care, knowledge of all relevant science, including anatomy and surgical technique, and “….to promote safe, ethical, efficacious plastic surgery to the public.”


That said, The American Board of Medical Specialties recognizes ONLY ONE comprehensive plastic surgery board certification. That’s right… only one. That is the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). Does this mean that a plastic surgeon who is Board Certified by the ABPS can guarantee your outcome or that all results will be “perfect”? No, it does not imply either outcome. Experience AND certification count here. Yes, it IS important that your surgeon be Board Certified in the plastic surgery field. But, above all, results are important too. Safety and a good “track record” have to be considered as well when selecting your plastic surgeon. Word of mouth from trusted family and friends is a good measure. Recommendations from your primary care doctor carry substantial weight here as well. At your consultation, be sure to ask questions. View photos of before-and-after surgery results. Make sure that your surgeon can demonstrate considerable experience with the procedures that you seek.

SO, does YOUR plastic surgeon have Board Certification?

*Dr. TAD GRENGA has possessed Board Certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, since 1989.

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