I think it's important to become board-certified because these are tests that are taken by plastic surgeons that allow them to be the best they possibly can in their field.
Austin, Texas (Vocus) February 2, 2010
For people interested in plastic surgery in Austin, a quick search on the Internet reveals many different practices offering the latest surgical and non-surgical procedures for the face, breasts, body, and skin. With all of plastic surgery centers and Medical Spas in the Central Texas region, selecting the right practice and the right surgeon may seem like a daunting task. To help men and women make an informed decision about where they choose to receive treatment, the Plastic Surgery Center of Austin is advising them on the qualifications that they should look for in their plastic surgeon.
Dr. David Mosier and Dr. Steven Holzman of the Plastic Surgery Center of Austin say perhaps the most important indication of a plastic surgeon’s experience and skill is whether or not he or she is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). To become board-certified by the ABPS, a plastic surgeon must graduate from an accredited medical school and complete at least five years of post-graduate training. This advanced training must take place through an accredited residency program, and the applicant must train exclusively in plastic surgery for at least two of the five years. To complete the certification procedure, the surgeon must pass rigorous oral and written exams to demonstrate his or her mastery of the subject matter.
Although several other organizations are eligible to certify plastic surgeons, the ABPS is the only one that is recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties. Dr. Mosier and Dr. Holzman of the Plastic Surgery Center of Austin are board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. They provide individuals interested in plastic surgery procedures such as a facelift or tummy tuck in Austin with experienced, knowledgeable care. Dr. Mosier feels that the certification process is very important for plastic surgeons’ professional growth and development. “I think it’s important to become board-certified because these are tests that are taken by plastic surgeons that allow them to be the best they possibly can in their field.”
Doctors at the Plastic Surgery Center of Austin say patients can typically rest assured that ABPS certified plastic surgeons are experienced professionals who are indeed devoted to their field. The ABPS will not certify doctors unless their primary career is in plastic surgery. However, this does not mean that doctors who are not ABPS certified are banned from performing plastic surgery procedures. This is one of the main reasons why patients must choose their plastic surgeon carefully.
A recent article in Marie Claire describes how gynecologists, pediatricians, dentists, and other medical professionals have begun to offer facelifts, BOTOX® Cosmetic, and other procedures even though they may have little to no formal training in them. Gretchen Voss, the author of the article, writes that the reason some doctors may have started offering procedures that they are not qualified to perform is that declining insurance reimbursements have caused them to look for other sources of revenue. The Marie Claire article goes on to describe the risks of choosing to undergo plastic surgery treatment with unqualified, uncertified health care professionals, including some who practice at Medical Spas. Voss writes 'Though these hybrid retail operations have caused injuries and deaths, they lack any national standards and oversight organizations.'
Board-certified plastic surgeons are often trained in a variety of complex procedures that can help individuals enhance their appearance and self-confidence. One popular treatment is performed on new moms to restore the figures that they had before pregnancy. Mothers are encouraged to determine how familiar their plastic surgeon is with this procedure and to ask to see before-and-after photos of previous patients. A board-certified surgeon can answer any questions the patient has about treatment and can tailor the procedure to meet the patient’s individual needs.
Dr. David Mosier and Dr. Steven Holzman are both certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and offer safe and effective treatments for the face, body, and skin. Individuals interested in breast augmentation in Austin and other cosmetic procedures can contact their practice by phone at (512) 592-3115. The Plastic Surgery Center of Austin is located at 6818 Austin Center Boulevard, Suite 206, Austin, Texas, 78731.