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Plastic Surgery FAQ Provided by Dr. Jeffrey Hartog

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What Should I Know Before Electing Surgery?

Every patient is different. Plastic Surgery is not a simple decision, and every single patient has different needs. It has also been found that the procedure you initially want, will not produce the results you desire, and that a different procedure, would. It is very important for you to set up a consultation with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, and to go in there with an open mind. You plastic surgeon will answer all of your questions, tell you exactly what procedure will be the best fit for you, to reach your goals, and will also be very candid if your goals are realistic. One key thing to note, when choosing your plastic surgeon, do not simply ask if they are board certified. Be sure to ask, is the plastic surgeon board certified in plastic surgery. All surgeons on MyplasticsurgeonUSA.com are board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

 

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Does it really matter where the surgery is performed?

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons recommends that people select a surgeon who has operating privileges at hospitals and outpatient facilities that have been credentialed in plastic surgery procedures. This provides you, the patient, with extra safety measures and makes your entire surgical procedure, much safer.

 

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In general, how risky is plastic surgery?

No matter how skilled, how much experience or how well trained your plastic surgeon is, like generally surgery, plastic surgery carries some risk. This includes infection, bleeding, blood clots, bad reactions to anesthesia, and others. As a patient, it is your responsibility to strictly follow both the pre surgery and post surgery instructions, given to you by your plastic surgeon. It is also very important that you choose a board certified plastic surgeons, as they are the best trained in the past, and also in the present. They are required to take educational courses to maintain there board certification. During your consultation, your plastic surgeon will discuss the possible complications with you. Complications are uncommon, but patients typically appreciate the information ahead of time. Because smoking increases the chances of developing a complication and slows the healing process, you will need to stop smoking two weeks before a surgical procedure and for four weeks afterwards.

 

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Why choose a board certified plastic surgeon?

Many patients do not know, that in most states, a licensed physician may perform plastic surgery without being board-certified in plastic surgery. This means someone not trained in Plastic Surgery could be performing your surgery. A common mistake patients make, is asking the surgeon if he or she is board certified. This is a good first step, but you need to ask specifically, is he or she board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. You don't want a doctor, board certified in Dentistry, performing a facelift, or tummy tuck on you. Always ask, are you board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. The American Board of Plastic Surgery is the only one approved by the American Board of Medical Specialties. This certified plastic surgeons to perform plastic surgery of the face and all areas of the body.

 

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How does a plastic surgeon become board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery?

To be ABPS board-certified, a physician must meet these tough requirements:

  • The plastic surgeon must graduate from an accredited school.
  • Complete a combination of at least five years of general surgery and plastic surgery residency training.
  • They then must pass a comprehensive written examination given by ABPS plastic surgeons.
  • They then have to wait a year, if they pass, and then take the oral exams.
  • It does not stop there. After receiving there Board Certification, they have to regularly attend medical education courses, and have to adhere to a strict code of ethics.
  • All surgeries performed must be done in an accredited surgical facility

 

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Jeffrey Hartog, M.D.
The Bougainvillea Clinique
Office Address:
4355 Bear Gully Road
Winter Park, FL 32792
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