Considering Plastic Surgery: New Plastic Surgeon Referral Service Has All the Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Resources Patients Need

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Finding a local plastic surgeon or checking on a doctor's credentials and background is only a click or phone call away.

Yellow Pages, surfing the web and word of mouth -- good resources do not always have the inside scoop. 1800mySurgeon.com, however, does.

1800mySurgeon.com is a new, free consumer service committed to facilitating a patient's decision to have cosmetic surgery. By visiting their comprehensive website (http://www.1800mysurgeon.com) or calling 1-800-My-Surgeon, patients can take the guesswork out of finding a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon they can trust.

The patient coordinators at 1800mySurgeon.com can help those interested in a cosmetic surgery procedure by referring them to the qualified plastic surgeons in their nationwide network. They can then provide relevant information about that plastic surgeon's board records, credentials, experiences and specialty areas.

Los Angeles plastic surgeon Dr. Vishal Kapoor M.D., who is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and a 1800mySurgeon.com member, recognizes the benefits of the services 1800mySurgeon.com offers patients.

"Patients have been prepped by 1800mySurgeon.com staff, who have given them background on the doctor and reassurance that they are getting someone who is qualified and Board Certified," said Dr. Kapoor.

If a patient has conducted their own research to find a doctor, 1800mySurgeon.com can run a complete background search on that doctor and pull up information such as the doctor's education, training, certification and professional record. A full background check includes any disciplinary actions or cited malpractice judgments against a surgeon.

One should be careful when choosing a doctor to perform plastic surgery. Physicians can call themselves plastic surgeons just by taking a weekend course. 1800mySurgeon.com works with a network of prescreened Board Certified Plastic Surgeons, which means that the surgeons have gone through rigorous, extensive training and have a solid background in plastic surgery.

"When patients take it upon themselves to use the services of 1800mySurgeon.com, there is standard of care -- a standard that 1800mySurgeon.com likes to maintain," said Dr. Kapoor. "I think it makes the patients feel comfortable knowing that these doctors have met these standards and are seen in a good light by 1800mySurgeon.com."

The website offers informative patient resources such as articles, videos and real-life patient experiences, highlighting the importance of safety, surgery education and finding a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, which can be seen at (http://www.1800mysurgeon.com/articles-videos.cfm).

Along with professional organizations such as The American Board of Medical Specialties, The American Board of Plastic Surgery, The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and The American Society of Plastic Surgeons, 1800mySurgeon.com is dedicated to promote the importance of choosing plastic surgeons that are certified by the board.

About 1800mySurgeon.com:
1800mySurgeon.com is a free consumer service dedicated to patients interested in cosmetic surgery. The service helps patients find surgeons certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery in their area, as well as information on a plastic surgeon's board records, credentials, experiences and specialty areas. Call our patient coordinators toll free at 1-800-my-surgeon (1-800-697-8743) or visit our website at 1800mySurgeon.com to learn more about plastic surgery and access patient resources.

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