You may be considering a cosmetic facial procedure and are beginning your research. If so, this is the perfect time to explore what makes the difference between qualified cosmetic surgeons.
First of all, you may or may not be aware that any licensed physician can legally perform cosmetic surgery, regardless of how they received cosmetic surgery training. This is why it is extremely important to do your research when choosing a qualified cosmetic surgeon.
To find the most qualified cosmetic surgeon for a specific cosmetic procedure, you must compare doctors’ overall (residency and post-residency) training, experience, and proven competence with respect to that specific cosmetic procedure.
It is also important to be aware that the training, experience, and knowledge required to become a Board-Certified cosmetic surgeon reflects specialization above and beyond what it takes to become Board-Certified in a related discipline, such as plastic surgery. Each surgeon who is board certified by the American Boards of Cosmetic Surgery has completed a one-year American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery certified fellowship training exclusively in cosmetic surgery. During this fellowship, surgeons receive thorough training in all cosmetic surgery procedures of the face, breast, and body, plus non-surgical cosmetic treatments, performing a minimum of 300 individual cosmetic surgery procedures. This fellowship training is in addition to completing a 3 – 5-year residency program in a related discipline.
Your level of comfort and confidence in your surgeon’s abilities and experience must take precedence. You are more likely to feel greater confidence with a cosmetic surgeon who has 30 years of experience and has performed over 30,000 surgeries for patients ranging from infants to the elderly versus a surgeon with 3 years of experience. All I’m saying is please research your surgeon thoroughly. After all, it is your face, your most endearing essence that you are considering tweaking. And you want the results to be more beautiful.