A board certified plastic surgeon has undergone extensive training that includes at least three years of general surgery, a dedicated plastic surgery residency, and in many cases, additional fellowship training. These surgeons have been trained in the scope of plastic surgery, which includes certification to perform all facets of aesthetic and reconstructive surgery, and are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS), the only board recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties.
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: