Atlanta Plastic Surgeons Shine Light on Misinformation Putting Patients at Risk -- Procedures Performed by Non-Board Certified Doctors on Unknowing Patients on the Rise

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The board certified plastic surgeons at Marietta Plastic Surgery are concerned with the rise in procedures performed by non-board certified doctors on unknowing patients. The American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) is the only legitimate medical board in plastic surgery recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), but many doctors advertise misleading board certification claims, confusing patients and putting them at risk.

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Many doctors are offering plastic surgery services they are not adequately trained for, putting patients’ outcomes at risk and the patients don’t know it.

A team of Atlanta plastic surgeons are concerned that misleading board certification claims may be putting patients at risk. The doctors of Marietta Plastic Surgery, members of the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS), the only legitimate medical board in plastic surgery recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), have noticed a rise in cosmetic surgery procedures performed by doctors not certified by ABPS. Only surgeons certified by the ABPS are truly board certified in plastic surgery. Other official-sounding boards do not compare because entry requires far less education, training and testing in plastic surgery; some requiring only a membership payment.

In fact, both California and Florida have passed laws requiring doctors advertising claims of board certification to identify the name of the certifying board. Florida even mandates that the board advertised can only be one of the official 24 boards recognized by the ABMS.

Plastic Surgeons who are board certified by the ABPS, and are members of the esteemed American Society of Plastic Surgeons, go through many years of education and training and must maintain their certification with yearly education updates in plastic surgery procedures, safety and testing. In contrast, other physicians may only attend a seminar and buy the equipment to begin offering cosmetic surgery.

There were 9.5 million cosmetic surgery procedures in 2010, an increase of 9%, driven by consumers’ demand for anti-aging remedies. This opportunity has propelled many non-board certified doctors to expand their practices, with even hair salons and dentists offering cosmetic procedures.

“To the unknowing patient, it is difficult to understand the difference between the American Board of Plastic Surgery, the credential you DO want, and the American Board of Facial Plastic or Cosmetic Surgery, which are not official boards of the ABMS, nor does membership require as much training in plastic surgery,” said Dr. Michael McNeel, a leading Atlanta board certified plastic surgeon at Marietta Plastic Surgery. “We’re concerned with the rise in plastic surgical procedures performed by doctors like ENTs, dermatologists, internists, OB/GYNs, and podiatrists under the name of cosmetic surgeon. Many doctors are offering plastic surgery services they are not adequately trained for, putting patients’ outcomes at risk and the patients don’t know it,” continued Dr. McNeel.

Board certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and membership in the ASPS are the gold standards in cosmetic surgery patient care. Patients are encouraged to visit http://www.abms.org to determine whether their doctor is board certified in plastic surgery. To receive a free guide “How to Choose the Right Plastic Surgeon for You—10 Helpful Tips”, visit http://www.mariettaplasticsurgery.com/content/news.

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