Common Patient Questions
What is the difference between cosmetic and reconstructive surgery?
What is the difference between a cosmetic surgeon and a board certified plastic surgeon? How can I tell the difference?
A cosmetic surgeon has not necessarily been trained as a plastic surgeon, nor necessarily been certified by the ABPS. The training is not standardized, and may only include weekend or online courses as preparation to perform cosmetic procedures.
When it comes to optimizing results and maintaining patient safety, it is important to know how your provider has been trained, and who is certifying them to perform certain procedures. The ABPS ensures that all plastic surgeons meet the high standards of excellence in order to earn the title of being “board certified”.
Dr. Alison Shore is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.
For more information, please read this helpful article in Smart Beauty Guide by Michael Edwards, MD, FACS:
How do I know if my procedure will be covered by insurance?
If I am scheduling an appointment for skin lesion removal, will the removal procedure be done at my first visit?
Where are surgeries performed?
Smaller procedures – including small skin lesion removal, cosmetic injectables, small scar revisions, and skin treatments – are typically performed in the office.