Today, a number of different medical specialties perform cosmetic procedures. While many doctors can perform the surgery, only plastic surgeons have completed the rigorous training and examination after medical shool required
by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.
Plastic surgeons have a thorough grounding in general surgery followed by years of further study at an approved plastic surgery training center. After training, these physicians must successfully complete written and oral examinations administered by the American Board of Plastic surgery.
Additionally, it is helpful to speak with patients, physicians, or other health care personnel who are familiar with the surgeon. Their experience with and knowledge of the surgeon is a good source for evaluating a plastic surgeon.
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