If you’re considering having a plastic surgery procedure, there is a lot to think about. One of the earliest decisions you’ll make is choosing your surgeon. No matter the procedure, be it Botox or something more invasive like breast reconstruction, it’s always in your best interest to choose a board-certified plastic surgeon.

In order to be recognized by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, the candidate must have:

  • Undergone 5 years of special surgical training, including 2 years of study focused on plastic surgery
  • Completed a residency program in plastic surgery
  • Passed both written and oral plastic surgery examinations

The benefits of a board-certified surgeon cannot be overstated. Here are just a couple of those benefits:

Continued Education

One of the most crucial benefits of a board-certified surgeon is their continued education and training. In order to keep their certification in good standing, the surgeon must retake the written exam every ten years. This ensures that they are up-to-date on new technologies and cutting edge procedures.

Expertise

Did you know that licensed physicians can legally perform plastic surgery and other aesthetic procedures regardless of their area of medical training? You may assume that the doctor performing your surgery has extensive practice in plastic surgery, but that may not be the case. If you choose a doctor without proper certification, you could run into complications. As a result, these complications can end up being serious and very expensive.

Safety

Board-certified plastic surgeons hold themselves to a very high ethical standard. Therefore, they must always put their patient’s safety above all else. It’s reassuring to know that your surgeon has specific hands-on experience performing your procedure, instead of just basic surgical knowledge.

No matter how big or how small the procedure, you deserve a board-certified surgeon. Before you decide on a surgeon, ask if they’re certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Dr. Lett prides himself on his board-certification. He strives to provide his patients with the safest care and the best results. Visit The Lett Center today, or call 615-443-0901 to schedule a consultation.