The terms cosmetic surgeon and plastic surgeon are often used interchangeably, but they are far from the same thing. The truth is, anyone who has attained a medical degree can use the title “cosmetic surgeon.” Plastic surgeon, however, is a title exclusively reserved for those who have been board-certified by the ABPS (American Board of Plastic Surgery).
When choosing a plastic surgeon, it is important that you look at board-certification. This can help ensure you are working with someone who has the skills and experience necessary to help protect your comfort and safety, and who can produce results in line with your aesthetic goals.
To become board-certified by the ABPS, a surgeon must:
- Graduate from an accredited medical school
- Complete at least three years of training in a general surgery residency program
- Complete at least two years of additional residency devoted to plastic surgery
- Pass extensive written and oral exams
- Submit before and after photos of patients to a panel of board-certified plastic surgeons
Board-certification is a voluntary process, but one that indicates a higher level of dedication to the art and science of aesthetic procedures.
If you are looking for a board-certified plastic surgeon in Arizona, please contact John J. Corey, MD today. Dr. Corey serves Phoenix, Tempe, and surrounding areas of Arizona from our conveniently located Scottsdale office.