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Cosmetic Surgery Advice: “What to ask when picking a plastic or cosmetic surgeon”

This article from USA Today provides a lot of valuable information that can help guide you on how to choose your surgeon. Dr. Pinsky believes that all questions must be answered when choosing a doctor to perform your cosmetic procedure.

What to ask when picking a plastic or cosmetic surgeon

By Jayne O’Donnell, USA TODAY

With so many doctors doing cosmetic surgery, how can a consumer choose? Terms including “board-certified” and “specialist” are used by physicians of almost every type.

Here are questions to consider as you look for the right surgeon, according to experts, including the heads of the plastic surgery and cosmetic surgery groups.

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What’s he or she board certified in?

The American Board of Plastic Surgery is the only cosmetic surgery board recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties. ABMS certifies doctors in every other area of medicine.

Check certificationmatters.org to see if your doctor is board certified — and in what.

Certification by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery is recognized as being ABMS-equivalent in all 50 states. Facial plastic surgery is a sub-specialty of otolaryngology (head and neck surgery), which has its own ABMS board.

How many times overall — and recently — has the doctor performed the type of surgery you are considering?

Board certification in plastic surgery will only get a doctor so far if, say, he’s been specializing in breast reconstruction surgery and decides to start doing facelifts.

Have they been disciplined by authorities?

The status of a doctor’s license can be found through state licensing boards. Go to the

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