The Importance of Board Certification


Plastic surgery is a highly specialized field of medicine, and it is important to have your desired procedure performed by a trained specialist. After all, you wouldn’t go to a gynecologist for a root canal or an ophthalmologist to have your appendix removed. Why would you want your plastic surgery procedure performed by a doctor who is trained in another specialty?

Unfortunately, the declining reimbursement levels provided by insurance companies for many medical procedures has compelled an increasing number of doctors trained in other specialties to offer plastic surgery procedures in an attempt to augment their income. In many cases, these doctors have only completed weekend training courses in these procedures and lack the experience necessary to deliver the safest and best results possible.

In order to ensure your plastic surgery procedure is performed by a surgeon with the training necessary to deliver the exceptional results you desire, you should always work someone who is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. This is the only medical board recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties which certifies doctors in the field of plastic or cosmetic surgery.

The board certification process for plastic surgeons is rigorous. Doctors must:

  • Graduate from an accredited medical school
  • Complete a residency of three years or more in general surgery
  • Complete an additional residency of three years or more in plastic surgery
  • Pass comprehensive oral and written exams which demonstrate mastery of the field

By working with a board certified plastic surgeon, you can be confident your doctor has completed the extensive training necessary to perform your desired procedure and remains current on the latest and most advanced techniques used to achieve the best results. Why trust your body to a surgeon who lacks these qualifications? It is just not worth the risk.

Phoenix plastic surgeon Dr. John Corey is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. After completing all of the necessary training for board certification, Dr. Corey continued his training in Brazil, where he learned some of the most innovative plastic surgery approaches in the world. This Brazilian influence helps him achieve results that are balanced and beautiful.

Please contact Dr. John Corey today to schedule your plastic surgery consultation. Dr. Corey serves patients in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona.