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Importance of Choosing a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon

After you have decided to undergo cosmetic surgery, choosing the right surgeon becomes one of the most challenging decisions you still face, no matter what the procedure. Naturally, you want to find the most skilled and experienced surgeon possible, one with a solid reputation and a stellar record of producing beautiful results. You’re not just looking for a doctor who performs one-size-fit-all surgeries, but one with a passion for aesthetics who custom-tailors each operation according to the unique features of the specific patient. And you want to feel comfortable with your chosen surgeon, and to have complete trust that they will have your best interests in mind.

Experience should be one of the first factors you investigate as part of a comprehensive evaluation to narrow down your list of prospective plastic surgeons. While plastic surgery is a specialized branch of medicine, some doctors practice cosmetic surgery despite having little to no specialized training in the art. Thus, check the medical credentials of any plastic surgeon on your prospect list to ensure that they have the right training and experience. As medical credentials can sometimes be confusing, board certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) is one of the most pertinent credentials for proving the surgeon’s competence, experience, and skill in the art of cosmetic surgery.

ABPS Board Certification Rigorous Vetting System 

ABPS board certification is a long and challenging process that a surgeon can only undertake when they become “board eligible.” This means that the physician has graduated from medical school, completed specialist training, finished their residency and begun practicing. Once board eligible, the physician must prepare for and pass a two-part rigorous exam process. A 350-question written exam must be passed before the doctor can proceed to a two-day oral exam. During this exam, the candidate is evaluated on the breadth of plastic and reconstructive surgery, and additionally must showcase five to seven of their own surgical cases to a panel of senior plastic surgeons. These experts in the field evaluate every detail of the cases presented. They vigorously question the candidate about decisions made in relation to the operation and every action taken during the surgical process. Another portion of the oral exam requires the candidate to detail how they would undertake a series of challenging cases and/or address surgical complications that might arise during a procedure.

The exam failure rate is believed to range from about 15% to 25% per year. And while passing the exams and receiving board certification is certainly a great accomplishment for those who undergo it, the process is not over, as certification needs to be maintained. Maintenance of certification includes continuous development and education, as well as maintaining a high degree of professionalism.

Another Key Credential to Look For

Along with ABPS board certification, active membership in the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) serves as another credential indicative of your potential cosmetic surgeon’s expertise, experience, and professionalism. In fact, board certification is a key requirement for ASPS membership. Other membership requirements include:

  • Graduation from an accredited medical school
  • Minimum six years of surgical training post-medical school, and minimum three years of plastic surgery residency training.
  • Successfully pass comprehensive oral and written exams.
  • Perform surgery in accredited, state-licensed or Medicaid-certified surgical facilities.
  • Complete continuing medical education and patient safety courses each year.
  • Adhere to strict ASPS Code of Ethics.

Learn More Through a Consultation at Naples Plastic Surgery

If you would like to find a board-certified cosmetic surgeon in the Naples, Florida area, consider Drs. Paul Gardner and Dr. Leo Baccaro at Naples Plastic Surgery. These Board Certified Plastic Surgeons hold numerous other medical certifications and awards, as well as a stellar reputation for helping their Naples-area reach their aesthetic goals. Dr. Jason Crespo, our hand surgeon and the newest addition to our practice, is board-eligible and has numerous other prestigious qualifications to his name. Contact Naples Plastic Surgery today at 239.566.2611 to schedule your initial consultation.

Learn the Latest News about Plastic Surgery in Naples, FL

There are an almost unlimited number of topics related to plastic surgery, each with its own set of questions. While it is impossible to share all of that information during visits to our office, we hope that you will find answers to some of your most pressing questions in our blog. The articles found in our monthly blog should serve as an introduction to many popular plastic surgery topics.

Dr. Paul Gardner and Dr. Leo Baccaro are both highly respected cosmetic surgeons and they understand that a well-informed patient is better prepared for surgery and more likely to appreciate the outcome. That is why he hopes that you will follow this blog and raise questions about prospective procedures both online and in the doctor’s office. Your questions and comments will not only help us produce a more informative, compelling blog, but will help us improve the patient experience.

Dr. Gardner and Dr. Baccaro firmly believe that there should as much transparency as possible between doctors and patients. This blog is an important way to share how Gardner Plastic Surgery operates as a top medical facility, manages patient care and produces such wonderful surgical results. Our surgeons and staff relish the opportunity to share their expertise with you and hope that you will enjoy learning more about plastic surgery. We encourage you to visit our blog regularly and invite your friends and family to learn more about cosmetic surgery from one of Southwest Florida’s most respected plastic surgeons.

Providing Cosmetic Surgery to Naples, FL Patients

At Naples Plastic Surgery, our cosmetic services are designed to contour and enhance your body to help you achieve the body image that you desire. Known for offering among the best facial plastic surgery in Naples, our board-certified surgeons are known as much for their artistry as they are for their surgical skills. We understand that your image is the key to feeling great, so we will provide you with the most reliable advice and services to help make you look and feel your best.

The surgical team at Naples Plastic Surgery has the training and experience necessary to help you pursue your own individual cosmetic goals down to the very last detail, all in a warm, comfortable, and private environment.

Dr. Paul Gardner, MD, FACS is a board-certified plastic surgeon serving Southwest Florida. As one of the leading plastic surgeons in Naples, FL, Dr. Gardner has more than 25 years of experience performing facial procedures including composite facelift, mini facelift, rhinoplasty, brow lift and skin cancer removal procedures. He also possesses expertise in breast augmentations, breast lifts, tummy tucks, liposuctions, and labiaplasty.
Dr. Leopoldo M. Baccaro, MD received extensive training at the prestigious Houston Methodist Hospital in the Texas Medical Center, where he worked with some of the most well-renowned practitioners in the art of cosmetic surgery. With honors and awards throughout medical school and his residency, Dr. Baccaro earned a stellar reputation for high quality surgical care with both cosmetic and reconstructive surgery procedures.

The plastic surgery process at Naples Plastic Surgery begins with a one-on-one, confidential consultation in which your surgeon conducts an examination to determine which procedures are likely to produce the most robust aesthetic improvements. This includes a comprehensive discussion with you to identify the benefits, risks and costs associated with each procedure. It may be possible to combine a number of surgical procedures into a single surgery if you desire and if your medical condition permits it.

As with any medical procedure, there is no guarantee that a desired outcome will be achieved. There are a number of health risks associated with even minor medical procedures. If you have any health issues or concerns, please feel free to discuss them any time with your surgeon at our Naples’ plastic surgery center.
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