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Dr Gardner and Board Certification

Dr. Gardner on Board Certification

One of the questions that’s floating around the internet quite a bit is board certification. When one is seeking a plastic surgeon and is considering somebody, they want to know what their board certification is, so what I’d like to address is what the plastic surgeons at Naples Plastic Surgery, what their board certification is, because there’s a lot of board certifications out there and it’s important for the patient to understand who actually boards the surgeon.

The surgeons at Naples Plastic Surgery are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. In order to be board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, a resident has to complete training in a plastic surgery fellowship or an integrated program whereby they complete plastic surgery and general surgery training combined.

Once they’ve completed their training, they then go out and actually are board eligible at that point and can start doing cases, operations, seeing patients. Once they’ve accumulated a certain number of cases, they can present those to the American Board of Plastic Surgery to be qualified for board certification. In addition, that doctor has to take a written exam, pass that written exam that’s offered by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, and then present their cases for an oral exam in which they sit in front of a board of plastic surgeons from the American Board of Plastic Surgery and are examined to make sure that they’re qualified to get board certified.

One of the things that’s important to know is the American Board of Plastic Surgery covers all the specialties of plastic surgery, including facial plastic surgery, plastic surgery of the breast, and plastic surgery of the body. I just wanted to say that because there are some specialties that will say you need to go to a specialist. For example: a facial specialist. Well guess what? Plastic surgeons who are board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery are facial plastic surgery certified.

I want to caution potential patients when they’re when they’re looking at the surgeon’s board certification because there are certain plastic surgeons who call themselves plastic surgeons that never did any plastic surgery training. That’s an interesting way that doctors can get by calling themselves plastic surgeons without actually having a board certification of plastic surgery. They may be board certified, for example, in ear nose and throat surgery, or they may be board certified in gynecology, and some plastic surgeons who call themselves plastic surgeons even are board certified by family medicine.

So it’s important when you’re looking for a plastic surgeon, make sure they’re board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. All the surgeons at Naples Plastic Surgery are either certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery or are board eligible. Thanks for your time.

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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, brow lift and skin cancer removal procedures. He also possesses expertise in breast augmentations, tummy tucks, 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.

Dr. Mark Walsh, MD, FACS is a board-certified plastic surgeon serving Southwest Florida. Dr. Walsh participated in the prestigious plastic surgery training program at Duke University. He has also served as an invited reviewer and has provided expert commentaries for multiple surgical journals, including the highly regarded Aesthetic Surgery Journal.

Dr. Andrew M. Bonett, MD specializes in both reconstructive and cosmetic plastic surgery, with specific interests in reconstruction after breast and skin cancers, including Mohs reconstruction. His experience also includes reconstruction following traumatic injuries, body contouring, and general cosmetic plastic 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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