Any licensed doctor, can perform plastic surgery even though they
have not received extensive, specialize training to do so. It is even
legal in Virginia for oral surgeons to perform facelifts, eyelid surgery,
and more. There are doctors who have only recently begun to offer
their patients cosmetic procedures, and they don't have to obtain
surgical privileges at a quality hospital to do so.
To obtain the results you're looking for, Patients are advised to find a doctor who is
certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS), the only board
recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties to certify a surgeon in
plastic surgery of the face and of the entire body. Certification by the ABPS is
"the gold standard" for plastic surgeons because it signifies that the surgeon has
had formal, specialized, training in an accredited plastic surgery residency
When you're talking to an ABPS Board Certified surgeon you're talking to a doctor
who is exhaustively trained in technique, patient care and patient safety. A Doctor
who is ABPS Board certified has at least 5 years of surgical training, additional,
specialized, training in plastic surgery, has passed a rigorous 2 day written
examination and a separate 2 day oral examinationÒ an examination only held
once a year and so rigorous that nearly 20% of the doctors taking the exam,
Q: How does a doctor become Board Certified?
By choosing a plastic surgeon who is certified by The American Board of Plastic
Surgery, Inc., you can be assured that the doctor has graduated from an
accredited medical school and has completed at least five years of additional
training as a resident surgeon. This includes a minimum three-year residency in an
accredited general surgery program and a minimum two-year residency in plastic
surgery. To become certified, the doctor then must successfully complete
comprehensive written and oral exams. Board Certification is a voluntary process.
Q. Why is The American Board of Plastic Surgery different from other plastic
surgery (or cosmetic surgery) Boards?
ABPS is one of the 24 specialty boards recognized by the American Board of
Medical Specialties (ABMS). It is the only ABMS Board that certifies in the full
spectrum of the entire specialty of plastic surgery.
Q. What is the difference between membership in a society, association,
academy and being a Diplomate of ABPS?
The ABPS Diplomate is a certified physician who has met the requirements
outlined above. The mission of The American Board of Plastic Surgery, Inc. is to
promote safe, ethical, efficacious plastic surgery to the public by maintaining high
standards for the examination and certification of plastic surgeons as specialists
and sub specialists. Societies are professional associations. The specific society,
association or academy should be contacted for specific membership
requirements and mission.
Q. Define accreditation and certification, and licensure.
Licensure is designed as minimum standard necessary to practice medicine. It is
a public function, administered by the states, the standards are established
through a public process and all actions taken - both in granting a license and in
restricting or withdrawing a license - are matters of public record. Licensure is not
specialty specific and permits an individual to provide to the public any medical or
surgical service he/she desires.
Certification by a specialty Board attests to 1) completion of a prescribed set of
education and training requirements in a specialty of medicine beyond the
minimum requirements for licensure, and 2) passage of examination that test the
fund of knowledge in that specialty. Most specialties now also require periodic
recertification, which generally requires completion of specified continuing
education and successful completion of a further examination testing the fund of
knowledge in that specialty. Many health care organizations and health plans now
require certification in order to provide services in the relevant specialty area.
Board-certified physicians govern specialty Boards in that specialty.
Accreditation is awarded to licensed physicians who have conducted their
professional activities in accordance with standards set to define quality in
professional practice. These standards include ethical behavior; absence of
disciplinary actions by hospitals, licensing agencies, or financing programs;
participation in peer review; participation in clinical self-assessment; operation of a
safe, patient-centered practice that meets criteria for quality; and participation in
measurement of clinical performance and patient care results, including patient
satisfaction. Accreditation is not specialty specific. Accreditation reports include
information on the physician's license status and specialty board certification. The
American Medical Accreditation Program can be contacted for more information.
Plastic surgeons who are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and
who are members of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons have undergone
rigorous training and have been evaluated by their peers on their practice of
plastic surgery, from both the technical and ethical perspectives. Board certified
plastic surgeons should be eligible for consideration to perform the above
procedures by virtue of their plastic surgery training and certification process.
Continuing Medical Education is an important component of clinical competence
for surgeons. Members of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons are required
to obtain 150 hours of continuing medical; education within a 3 year period. A
minimum of 50 out of the 150 hours must be specific to the practice of plastic