Choosing a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon Important for Safe, Beautiful Results

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A recent study by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery revealed a 147 percent increase in surgical and non-surgical cosmetic enhancement procedures between 1997 and 2009. Dr. Jeffrey Copeland, a board-certified plastic surgeon in St. Louis, says men and women who are considering any kind of plastic surgery should make sure that their surgeon is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. The board-certification process is rigorous and comprehensive and perhaps the best indicator of a surgeon’s skill and qualifications.

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Plastic surgery can transform the way that a person looks and feels. Face, breast, and body procedures can result in a more youthful-looking appearance, a shapelier body, and enhanced self-confidence. However, not all plastic surgeons are created equal. Dr. Jeffrey Copeland of Copeland Cosmetic Surgery, a plastic surgery practice offering procedures such as facelift and breast augmentation in St. Louis, says in order for patients to achieve the best possible results, it is vitally important to select a board-certified plastic surgeon.

A plastic surgeon who is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery must undergo a challenging and thorough evaluation process to measure his or her knowledge and skill. The surgeon must have graduated from an accredited medical school and completed at least five years of residency training. At least two years of the patient’s residency program must be devoted entirely to cosmetic surgery. The last step in becoming board-certified is to complete comprehensive written and oral exams that test the surgeon’s ability to perform many different plastic surgery procedures. The American Board of Plastic Surgery is approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. It is important to understand that not all "Board Certification" is approved by this body which exists to maintain a very high standard of training and ability.

For patients seeking liposuction in St. Louis and other surgical and non-surgical aesthetic enhancement procedures, Dr. Copeland says they should make sure the doctor they are seeing has met the strict requirements of the American Board of Plastic Surgery and are board certified. He says patients should learn the status of their plastic surgeon’s board-certification prior to undergoing treatment. Due to the popularity of plastic surgery, many doctors may offer liposuction and other treatments even though they may have little to no formal training in these disciplines. Even some dentists have begun to offer non-surgical treatments such as BOTOX® Cosmetic, although it may be entirely unrelated to their primary field.

Dr. Copeland says St Louis Tummy Tuck (abdominoplasty) patients and those considering any kind of plastic surgery should only look to board-certified plastic surgeons to increase the likelihood that the results will ultimately meet their goals.

About Dr. Copeland

Dr. Jeffrey Copeland has been practicing plastic surgery in St. Louis and the surrounding area for more 20 years. He earned his undergraduate and medical degrees at the University of Missouri, where he also completed his general and plastic surgery residencies. He was a chief resident for both residency programs.

Dr. Copeland is past chief of staff at Barnes Jewish St. Peters Hospital, Saint Joseph Health Center and Hospital West and past president of the Missouri Association of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons. He has also been board chairman of Primaris (the Missouri Quality Improvement Organization) and councilor to the Missouri State Medical Association from the 4th district.

Dr. Copeland is a board-certified member of the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He offers a full variety of treatments for the face, breasts, body, and skin at his practice, Copeland Cosmetic Surgery. He has recently added fractional CO2 laser facial rejuvenation and Intense Pulsed Light for treatment of adult acne, rosacea and dark spots to his practice.

Patients can reach Copeland Cosmetic Surgery by phone at 866-377-0288. Dr. Copeland recently moved his practice to a newly renovated, larger, and easier-to-find facility in mid-St. Charles County. His office is now located at #2 Richmond Center Court, St. Peters, Missouri, 63376.

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