When considering aesthetic enhancement of any sort, it is important to understand the difference between a plastic surgeon who is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) and a physician who is certified by another board but practices cosmetic surgery. In order to fully comprehend this distinction, you must know that the only government-sanctioned organization that creates and certifies medical specialty boards in the United States is the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) – all other certifying institutions are not accredited by the U.S. government.
Within the ABMS organization, there are 24 recognized medical specialty boards called “Member Boards.” Examples of Member Boards include the American Board of Plastic Surgery, the American Board of Dermatology, the American Board of Ophthalmology, the American Board of Anesthesiology, etc. Each of these Member Boards evaluates and certifies physicians “who demonstrate the clinical judgment, skills, and attitudes essential for the delivery of excellent patient care” in a particular specialty. In addition to ensuring credentials such as graduation from medical school and completion of residency training have been met, this Member Board assessment also includes a rigorous exam process that doctors must pass before they can become board certified.
In the end, all this is not to say physicians who aren’t certified by an ABMS Member Board are not as skilled or qualified as ones who are – they certainly may be. However, certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery ensures that your prospective plastic surgeon has met – and continues to maintain – the highest standards of care and excellence in his or her practice.
Contact Our Office
For more information about certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, or if you would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Broumand or Dr. Maman, please contact us today.