When deciding to undergo a facial cosmetic or reconstructive surgery, choosing a surgeon is the most crucial step. Not only do you want to find someone you can trust, but you want to be sure they are formally trained and qualified to perform your surgery properly. Many people choose to go with a surgeon that is specialized in a specific field. If you’re considering any procedure on the face, choosing a Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon is most beneficial to receiving your desired look.
The best way to guarantee a positive outcome from your surgery is to make sure your surgeon is dual board certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology and the ABFPRS (American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery). The ABFPRS symbolizes the highest standard of specialized surgical technique, education, and proper certification in the field. To become certified, doctors must complete a complex list of requirements:
- Double board certified in both Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery and Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
- An approved residency in either Head and Neck Surgery or Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
- Completion of a two-day medical exam
- Proof of two years clinical experience with a minimum of 100 facial plastic surgeries
- Holds ABFPRS license and adheres to the Code of Ethics
You can always look for the ABFPRS diplomate logo on your potential surgeon’s website or marketing materials, or just ask them if they are dual board certified by these organizations. In addition to this certification, comfort level with a surgeon is important. This will ensure your ability to express concerns, risks, and desired outcomes adequately. Doctors often have before and after pictures of their patients that will give you a good impression of their work. They may also have patient testimonials and feedback that will demonstrate their care and professionalism.
Sometimes it takes years for a patient to make the decision to have facial plastic surgery. Taking the time to evaluate surgeons and become educated about your surgery is a great way to alleviate any apprehension and create confidence in your final results.
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