The demand for cosmetic surgery is increasing everyday, resulting in advertising of cosmetic services by many unqualified or ill trained practitioners. And this advertising, many times, is geared toward the unsuspicious innocent public. Note that I am discussing cosmetic surgery and not medical spas. The “buyer beware” saying suits this scenario very well. There are many resources, which can be made use of by the consumers list of plastic surgeons to help find a good qualified plastic surgeon. First of all, a surgeon should be board certified, most preferably by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Though many people maintain board certification, there are 2 possible problems with this type of claim.
The certifying board should be listed under the American Board of Medical Specialties.These specialties lay down the residency training required to meet the conditions of a specialty acknowledged by this board. Sadly for a consumer, there are numerous self-proclaimed boards like the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery, which is not present in the list of the American Board of Medical Specialties. These self proclaimed boards have no definite residency training and by merely finishing any training course from a weekend to a 3 months program these practitioners can get the membership of such boards. This is absolutely unlike a qualified plastic surgeon’s 2 to 3 years of residency program. The members of self proclaimed boards can be Family Doctors, Dermatologists, Gynecologists, Internal Medicine, Dentists, or any type of physician as long as they attend the course and pay the fees. If you happen to ask these practitioners whether they have the privileges or rights to perform such operations, which they are advertising at the local hospital; the answer is most likely to be a no. Do you truly want a facelift, breast augmentation or tummy tuck that is done by a general surgeon? You can seek guidance through some good resources, such as surgery.org which is the website run by the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons. These are board certified surgeons by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and specialize and focus on cosmetic surgery. This being an exclusive group is a brilliant benchmark. Plasticsurgery.org/ is the website of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, where you will find all board certified surgeons, but it is not necessary that all of them specialize in cosmetic surgery. Log on to https://www.abms.org/ for a list of renowned medical specialty boards. Here you will notice that The American Board of Plastic Surgery is the one and only listed plastic cosmetic board. You can find out a list of physicians with history of malpractice by doing a search online. For instance, physicians practicing in Indiana are shown on this website http://www.indianapcf.com/ which belongs to the Indiana patient compensation fund. Although it is difficult to always avoid litigation, check for the total number of cases and payouts. All states offer this; Just do a search to find the information in your area. To conclude, following are some questions you must ask your surgeon: Are you board certified? If yes, in which particular board? Is this board present in the list of the American board of Medical Specialties? You completed your residency training in what? Are you certified to conduct these procedures at the local hospital? In total how many procedures have you dealt with and may I have a look at the pre and postoperative pictures of your work? These questions are ones that a board certified plastic surgeon will be happy to answer. It is important to do your homework in order to get the finest plastic surgery results. Dr. Richard B. Linderman is a qualified plastic surgeon in Indiana who is board certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery. Also he is the member of American Society of Plastic Surgeons and a representative of American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. For more than 30 years Dr. Linderman has been practicing cosmetic surgery in Indianapolis, Fishers, Carmel and beyond. His experience and precision ensures that his patients receive the greatest care: in comfort, security, safety and obviously results. Be assured, regardless of whichever procedure you opt for, Dr. Linderman will provide the world-class treatment you deserve.